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Vol.99 No. 23 


Wednesday, April 18,2001 


Since 1905 


Candidates Campaign Vigorously as SGA Elections Near 


By Ashley Elpern 

A lews Editor 


As election day nears, candidates 
for Student Government Associa¬ 
tion (SGA) president and student 
co-chair of Community Council 
(SC-COCC) are devoting more 
time to their campaigns, advertis¬ 
ing their platforms and soliciting 
votes in addition to coping with 
academic and social pressures. 

This year’s candidates, Brain El- 
worthy ’02.5 and Babatunde 
Ayinde ’02 for SGA president and 
Erica Rosenthal ’02.5 for SC-COCC 
have been hard at work managing 
their campaigns and persuading 
voters to chose them this Thursday 
and Friday. 

Creating a platform is central to 
any campaign. Rosenthal said she 
began by reflecting on her experi¬ 
ence in the SGA cabinet and in 
Community Council, looking at 
what was positive and what could 
be improved upon in the future. 
She then “bounced ideas off of past 
and present members of the Com¬ 
munity Council” and students in 
general to find out what ideas are 
important to students. 

Elworthy began by contacting 
close friends and people who would 
be effective in the campaign*, in¬ 
cluding heads of different student 
organizations, who helped him to 
consolidate his ideas. “I wanted the 
platform to be practical, realistic 
and feasible,” he said. “It should 


have something for everyone, as the 
whole idea of representation is to 
represent everyone.” 

Ayinde spent this year as a junior 
class senator learning about how the 
SGA works and gradually “formed 
ideas from things in the back of my 
head. I heard issues from students 
throughout the year, especially with 
the airport shuttle, and began to do 
research and get in touch with the 
administration.” 

Getting the word out to the stu¬ 
dents is crucial, evidenced by the 
large amount of time all three have 
spent canvassing dorms and putting 
up posters and banners. “I mainly 
focused on the first-years,” said El¬ 
worthy. “They are not familiar with 
either the presidential candidates 
and have not been through the elec¬ 
tion process yet. They need to know 
that they can play an important role 
for someone who will represent 
them next year.” 

His efforts centered on door-to- 
(see Candidates, page 6) 



Andrew Corrigan 

Babatunde Ayinde 02 talks to Kari Nygaard ’01 about some of this year’s issues for the SGA elections. 


Campus Preview Days Engage Admitted Students 


By Liz Logue 

Associate Editor 


The Middlebury College Office 
of Admissions hosted the first of 
two Campus Preview Days, which is 
designed to give admitted Middle¬ 
bury students an inside perspective 
on life at the College. A total of 156 
admitted students of the Class of 
2005 traveled to campus on Mon¬ 


day for a series of informational 
panels and tours coordinated by 
Kathy Lindsey, associate director of 
admissions, with the assistance of 
Admissions Counselor Shannon 
Nguyen. 

Admitted students and their par¬ 
ents browsed a student activities 
fair, chatting with current Middle¬ 
bury students about their respective 


clubs, campus life and academics. 
Several admitted students were un¬ 
decided about coming to Middle¬ 
bury, and were considering accep¬ 
tances from several larger 
institutions such as Johns Hopkins 
University, Duke University and the 
University of California - Berkley. 
While these universities’ academic 
standards are comparable to those 


JCs and CRAs Announced for 2001-2002 Year 


By Julie Shumway 

Staff Writer 

While the majority of Middle¬ 
bury College students concern 
themselves with room draw in the 
month of April, 34 members of 
this year’s sophomore class have 
already been assured housing. 

The price for such security in¬ 
cludes living in a first-year dorm, 
although veteran junior coun¬ 
selors (JC) claim the sacrifice is 
well worth the benefits of working 
with various commons adminis¬ 
tration to help incoming first- 
years adjust to the rigors of Mid¬ 
dlebury College life. 

“Living in a first-year dorm is 
like living in any other dorm - it’s 
got its good days, it’s got its bad 
days. Mostly, it’s just humorous to 
see what you were like as a first- 
year,” said current JC Vijay Ren- 
ganathan ’02 of Battell Hall’s first 
floor south. 

He continues by describing the 
work of a JC as “a lot like the work 
of an older sibling.” He paused, 
then adding with a laugh, “A real¬ 
ly nice older sibling.” 

For the 16 men and 18 women 
who will assume this role in Sep¬ 
tember, this means living the life 
of a student while maintaining a 


supervisory role over a large num- commons follows, 
ber of one’s peers. After that meeting, CRAs make 

However, Renganathan is quick their suggestions to commons 
to point out that the perception of deans, who then select JCs for 
a JC as an authority figure is mis- their commons accordingly. 

“ft is a rather unnerving 
process; however, once you are se¬ 
lected, the administration is be¬ 
hind you 100 
percent. They 
are extremely 
supportive of 
students who de¬ 
cide to do this,” 
Sawchuk ex¬ 
plained. 

Both current 
JCs offered some 
words of advice 
to incoming JCs. 
Sawchuk advised 
them to “plan 
your time well, 
because whenev- 
33 cr anything goes 
wrong on your 
hall, it is always 
at a bad time.... 
People get 


leading. As he sees it, JCs act as 
more of a “buffer zone” or liaison, 
mediating between the adminis¬ 
tration and 
first-years, who 
may not know 
of the resources 
available to 
them. 

“You are 
there mostly as 
a source of ad¬ 
vice, and you 
are as much a 
member of 
your hall as the 
freshmen are,” 
pointed out 
Renganathan. 

Aaron Saw¬ 
chuk ’02, cur- 
rent jy a j C in Kirk German 00.5 will be one of the 

Allen, shed C&As for the next academic year. 
some light on 



the JC selection process. As with 
any selection process, an applica¬ 
tion must be filled out, and a 
meeting with Commons Resident 
Advisors (CRAs) from every 


stressed around mid-terms and 
exam time, so you need to be pre¬ 
pared to have extra time.” 

He also cautioned against wor¬ 
rying too much. “Don’t worry 


about people on your hall messing 
up, because they’re ail very re¬ 
silient people.” 

Renganathan agreed, adding 
not to forget that “You’re also a 
student, and you’re not their [first- 
years’] parents, or the ultimate au¬ 
thority figure 

JCs are not the only new mem¬ 
bers of Middlebury College Resi¬ 
dential System. Kirk German 
’00.5, who will join Cook Com¬ 
mons as their newest CRA next 
year, anticipates a fun-filled year 
ahead. German will be joining 
Jamie McBride ’00, who is contin¬ 
uing in her second year as a CRA. 
In fact, each commons will retain 
one CRA from this year. 

Christopher Kestner ’01 will 
join Brainerd Commons CRA 
Anna Benvenuto ’00. Ingrid De 
Leon ’00 will be joined in Ross 
Commons by Mike Hartt ’01. 
Continuing CRA Mike Baum¬ 
gardner ’00 and new CRA Lisa Sti¬ 
ller ’01 will make up the Wonna- 
cott Commons team. Tom 
Langsdorf ’00 is paired with new 
CRA Jon Cormier ’01 will finish 
out the CRA community in Atwa¬ 
ter Commons. 

The process by which a gradu- 
(see New, page 6) 


at Middlebury, the differences be¬ 
tween the location, student body 
and size of these universities are 
jarringly dissimilar from thoseof 
Middlebury. 

Nguyen remarked that the wide 
range of school choices for admit¬ 
ted Middlebury students could be 
attributed to the fact that several 
admitted students had never visit¬ 
ed Middlebury before the preview 
day. Nguyen points out that Mid¬ 
dlebury is known for its “lan¬ 
guages, international studies pro¬ 
grams and sciences,” which are all 
strong areas characteristic to “uni¬ 
versities,” creating an “overlap with 
larger, urban schools.” 

With a number of Middlebury 
programs being compared with 
top universities, Nguyen remarked 
that “[Middlebury] is becoming 
more well-known,” and is building 
a solid reputation by prospective 
students and parents. 

Campus Preview Day exposes 
admitted students to life at Mid¬ 
dlebury through day-long interac¬ 
tions with other students, faculty 
and staff, and allows them to 
choose the college that best suits 
their social and academic needs. 

Nguyen remarked that admis¬ 
sions is “really pleased with how 
[the day] went,” and anticipates 
next week’s Preview Day to run 
with the same smoothness. 


Index 

Local News.*_7 

Opinions.10 

Features.15 

Arts.,.21 

Sports.32 

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Inside... 

Cook Needs Recipe for Room Draw 


page 11 


Features 

Kuadey Takes Action, 
Breaks Silence 
Surrounding AIDS in 
Africa page 15 





Sports 

Conrad Tosses One-Hit 
Gem, Panthers Toss 
Hamilton Aside 

page 32 





































































NEWS 


Page 2 


April 18,2001 



By Ashley Elpern 

News Editor 


Strike at U-Hawaii Continues 

With nearly two weeks of teaching already lost due to a state-wide 
I teacher’s union strike and the end of the school year just weeks away, 

! University of Hawaii’s (UH) president Kenneth Mortimer told The 
Honolulu Advertiser on Monday that he felt confident that the semes¬ 
ter could still be salvaged. 

The strike, encompassing all aspects of the Hawaii public school 
system, including elementary and secondary schools, focuses on the 
desire of the union to achieve higher salaries for teachers in all disci- j 
plines. The UH administration has developed several scenarios to deal j 
with an end to the faculty strike and a resumption of classes without 
having to issue tuition refunds or have students lose their credits for ; 
the semester, said Mortimer. 

Plans for the completion of the semester are currently confidential, 
but negotiations between the state and the faculty union must be set¬ 
tled by today to avoid an extension of the semester, even if weekend 
classes are added to the schedule. 

Although more people cross the picket line each day, faculty par¬ 
ticipation in the strike has only slightly eroded. It has disrupted over 
45,000 students and as of last Friday, faculty members missed their first 
full paycheck. The state told The Advertiser that it could not process 
the faculty’s payroll quickly enough for April 2 through 4, the days im¬ 
mediately before the strike and it will instead pay professors for those 
days on April 30. Currently, UH is floating loans of $1.5 million to pay 
those professors who want to take the money for those days and pay 
the university back later. 


Citadel Female Cadets Become Cheerleaders • 

The decades-long tradition at the Citadel of borrowing cheerlead¬ 
ers from other universities to perform at the military academy’s sport¬ 
ing events will soon be ended. According to the April 20 issue of The 
Chronicle of Higher Education , next fall, the academy in Charleston, 
S.C., which began admitting women to its prestigious military train¬ 
ing program in 1996, plans to recruit female cheerleaders from its own 
ranks. With 81 female cadets, Dean of Women Suzanne Ozmet said 
“We have a large-enough pool of women to draw from ” 

She noted that it would be awkward to mix in female cadets with 
the veteran cheerleaders-from the College of Charleston, where the 
current cheerleaders are taken from, stating that the Citadel wants to 
make a clean break from importing its cheerleaders. Sara Amick, the 
current sophomore captain of the squad, as well as her teammates, are 
pleading with the Citadel to allow them to remain with the Citadel 
Bulldogs until they graduate. But several female cadets are eager to 
cheer for their team.“Those who are wearing Citadel across their chest 
should be Citadel cadets,” said Deonn Crumley, a senior. 

She acknowledged that many male cadets prefer the “loaner” cheer¬ 
leaders. “The fact of the matter is, they can have longer hair, wear 
makeup and they can go to tanning beds,” she said. Les Robison, the 
Citadel’s athletic director said it is only fair to let the female cadets 
cheer, but has an offer for the current cheerleaders who want to stay 
on the squad. “We would welcome them to be cheerleaders if they 
transferred to the Citadel,”he said. 

Riots Plague U-Cincinnati 

African-American and Caucasian students calling for an end to the 
violence and police abuse that plagued the University of Cincinnati last 
week gathered together last Thursday and Friday to express their frus¬ 
tration with the recent rioting, said The University of Cincinnati New 
Record . 

Shortly after the nightly curfew, which has been implemented since 
last week’s rioting, over 70 participants broke the curfew shouting “No 
justice, no peace,” and “Don’t shoot to kill.” 

Cincinnati police officers patrolled the area throughout the rally, 
but did not attempt to interfere with the demonstration. Students at the 
demonstration emphasized that the rally was a peaceful, intellectual re¬ 
sponse to the riots. 

Brian Yates, a first-year at U-Cincinnati, told The News Record, that 
“The fact that 15 people got shot is a problem for the whole commu¬ 
nity, This is intelligent people speaking about the issue ” 

Sources: The Chronicle of Higher Education , 

The Honolulu Advertiser , U-Wire Today 


Crash Strains Sino-U.S. Relations 


Student Abroad Offers First-Hand Account of the Conflict 


By David Caragliano 

Staff Writer 

On April 1, an American EP-3E 
Aries II spy plane made an emer¬ 
gency landing on Hainan Island 
after a collision with a Chinese F- 
8 fighter jet over the South China 
Sea. 

The 24-person crew was de¬ 
tained there until April 13, when 
the U.S. government presented a 
letter of apology for the loss of 
Chinese pilot Wang Wei and for 
flying into Chinese airspace with¬ 
out permission. 

The letter made no mention of 
altering American intelligence ef¬ 
forts in the South China Sea or of 
accepting responsibility for the in¬ 
cident. Nevertheless the Chinese 
media presented the “apology” as 
America folding under Chinese 
pressure. 

Following the letter, the Ameri¬ 
can detainees were permitted to 
return home, an allowance that 
the Chinese press deemed “hu¬ 
manitarian” in the face of United 
States’ “aggression.” 

On April 13, the day that the 
American detainee’s were re¬ 
leased, the headlines of Chinese 
newspapers assured readers that 
“The plane crash incident is still 
not over.” 

The universally published 
speech of Tang Jiaxuan, head of 
China’s Foreign Relation’s Depart¬ 
ment, reaffirmed that the Chinese 
position had not changed, saying 
“The American side must admit 
complete responsibility for this in¬ 


cident.” 

With Chinese public opinion 
towards the United States still raw 
from the 1999 bombing of the 
Chinese embassy in Belgrade, the 
Chinese media has aimed at uti¬ 
lizing the incident to strengthen 
the public consensus behind the 
Chinese Communist Party’s au¬ 
thority. 

However, this does not mean 
provoking public passions to ex¬ 
plode as they did at the U.S.Em¬ 
bassy in Beijing in 1999. Even the 
Chinese government is wary of 
Chinese nationalism’s potential 
volatility. April 13 was the first day 
that the incident was framed as the 
main story on the front page of 
national newspapers. 

The Chinese media’s reporting 
of the incident illustrated the im¬ 
portance of public opinion even in 
a country where the government 
holds a virtual monopoly on in¬ 
formation. 

An April 13 headline of The 
Global Times in Beijing states that 
Communist Party Chairman Jiang 
Zemin is “carefully and skillfully 
handling the situation.” 

As a moderate, Jiang has much 
to lose in the event of damaged 
Sino-U.S. relations, and in the eyes 
of the people, much of the blame 
for the incident falls on Jiang. “I 
think that Chairman Jiang has al¬ 
ways been too soft on America,” 
said Gong Lei, a student at North¬ 
ern Transportation University. 

This boost to the party hardlin¬ 
ers could hardly come at a less op¬ 


portune time. Most of China’s top 
leaders are slated for retirement 
soon, and each is trying ta pack 
the new line-up of leaders with 
his own proteges. Jiang himself is 
scheduled to step down as party 
head and president in 2002 and 
2003, respectively. 

In addition, five of China’s top 
seven leaders are expected to re¬ 
tire during the 16th Communist 
Party Congress next year. Ambi¬ 
tious Chinese politicians may see 
that the best way to get ahead is to 
take a hawkish stance towards the 
United States. 

Chinese suspicions were 
strengthened even before the 
Hainan incident when President 
Bush publicly labeled China a 
“strategic competitor” rather than 
the “strategic partner” that former 
President Clinton embraced. 

Chinese people have long been 
fascinated by America, and in 
China pop-Americana is here to 
stay from Hollywood movie 
VCDs to KFC. But the United 
States is also well known as the ar¬ 
rogant superpower to succeed the 
colonialist invaders who parceled 
out China in the 19th and 20th 
centuries. 

From this perspective, the ap¬ 
parent death of fighter pilot Wang 
Wei seems to be just the latest in¬ 
sult delivered to the Chinese peo¬ 
ple by foreign powers. 

On April 18, Sino-United States 
talks will take place in Beijing to 
negotiate particulars about the 
incident in greater detail. 



College Announces Honorary 
Degree Recipients 

At Commencement Cere¬ 
monies in May, featuring keynote 
speaker Fred Rogers of the 
revered television show “Mister 
Rogers’ Neighborhood” the Col¬ 
lege will present honorary degrees 
to seven distinguished individu¬ 
als. 

in addition to Rogers himself, 
recipients will include: Emory 
University Professor Johnnetta B. 
Cole, who served as the first 
African-American woman presi¬ 
dent of Spelman College in Geor¬ 
gia; Lance R. Odden, headmaster 
of The Taft School in Connecti¬ 
cut; and Patricia jL Palmer and her 
husband Charles C. Palmer, both 
1959 graduates of Middiebury. 

Also: David L. Warren, presi¬ 
dent of the National Association 
of Independent Colleges and Uni¬ 
versities; and Ekwow Spio-Gar- 
brah, chairman and chief execu¬ 
tive officer of S, G & A, a public 
relations and financial consulting 
firm based in Ghana; 

The outdoor graduation cere¬ 
monies are scheduled to take 
place on the lawn behind Forest 
Hall on Sunday, May 27* More 
than 4,000 family and friends are 


expected to attend. 



Surviving Globalization 
Symposium to Focus on Latin 
America 

The College will host the fifth 
annual Latin American Sympo¬ 
sium on Friday, April 20 and Sat¬ 
urday, April 21, examining the 
topic of “Surviving Globalization: 
Democracy, Stability and Sover¬ 
eignty in Latin America” The 
symposium is sponsored by the 
Middiebury College student orga¬ 
nization Alianza Latinoamericana 
y Caribefta (ALC). 

Dr. Jesus Silva Herzog 
Marquez, Mexican ambassador to 
the United States from 1995 to 
1997, will deliver the keynote ad¬ 
dress at 7:30 p.m, on Friday in the 
Robert A. Jones ’59 House. His 
talk, called “The Problems Mexico 
Faces in Consolidating Democra¬ 
cy’’ will draw on his vast political 
experience, which includes a 4- 
year stint as Mexico’s treasury sec¬ 
retary and, more recently, a polit¬ 
ical science professorship at 
Institute Tecnologico Autonomo 
de Mexico, in addition to his years 
as ambassador. 

At 10 a.m. on Saturday morn¬ 
ing, Dr. Alfredo Toro Hardy will 
moderate a panel discussion ex¬ 
amining, “Latin America and 
Globalization: Moving Forward 
or Backward?” Hardy has served 
as Venezuelan ambassador to 
Brazil, Chile and the United States 
I is currently ambassador tc 


the United Kingdom. 

Events will also include a 2 p.m. 
talk by Dr. Sonia Aimazan del 
Olmo titled “Globalization, Cul¬ 
ture and Migration” and a 3:30 
p.m* lecture by Dr. Shelley Mc¬ 
Connell on “Making Democracy 
Meaningful: Cooperative Strate¬ 
gies for Preventing the Re-emer¬ 
gence of Authoritarianism in 
Latin America* 

A cultural cafe, “Africa and 
Latin America,” featuring New 
York poet and writer Sandra Gar¬ 
da Rivera, will conclude the sym¬ 
posium at 8 p.m. on Saturday in 
McCullough. The poet’s family is 
originally from Puerto Rico, and 
the New York music group Palo 
Monte, which specializes in Do¬ 
minican and Haitian rhythms. 

V.SlV 

Page 1 Prepares for Reading 
Carnival 

Page 1 Literacy Project has 
planned a reading carnival, titled 
“Destination Tim-Book-Too,” for 
area youth on Saturday, April 21 
from 12 to 3 p.m. in Lawson 
Lounge, located in the Fitness 
Center. The event will feature ap¬ 
pearances by Dr. Seuss and other 
literary characters, complete with 
games with prizes, reading booths 
and literacy-focused crafts. Ad¬ 
mission is free. Contact Angela 
Schluchter, at 6910 for more infor- 


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April 18, 2001 


NEWS 


Page 3 


To Reduce Dorm Damage, Cook Ponders Co-Ed Battell Center 




By Julia Urcis 

Staff Writer 


Alex Westra 


Battell Center could go co-ed next year to reduce dorm damage. 


Although not completely final, 
plans have been semi-consolidated 
to turn the first and second floors of 
Battell Center, currently both sin¬ 
gle-sex dorms, into co-ed housing 
for incoming first-years. 

The proposal was made after a 
series of meetings with Battell first- 
years, brought about by concerns 
regarding alcohol abuse and dorm 
damage. 

According to David Edleson, 
dean of Cook Com¬ 
mons, many male stu¬ 
dents addressed a con¬ 
cern that single-sex 
halls engender an at¬ 
mosphere that increases 
the likelihood to abuse 
alcohol because the 
focus of socialization is centered on 
alcohol consumption. 

Edleson said he believes that al¬ 
though this year has been great,“the 
concern was brought to our atten¬ 
tion, and we definitely have the mo¬ 
bility to create a co-ed living situa¬ 
tion with the single-sex bathrooms 
on both wings of the building.” 

He continued,“Middlebury Col¬ 
lege is committed to gender parity 
of living situations with exception 
to some first-year situations, and 
there are no upper-class dorms that 
are single-sex.” 


Some believe that in mixed-gen¬ 
der situations there is a greater sense 
of respect for the living space be¬ 
cause it increases the consciousness 
of ones actions. Edleson addressed 
the fact that there tends to be “more 
dorm damage in single-sex dorms 
because disrespectful behavior is 
more apparent.” 

There also exists the anecdote 
that first-year students are notori¬ 
ous for abusing alcohol, and that 
this is further manifested on single¬ 
sex halls. Edleson said he strongly 

Middlebury College is committed to 
gender parity of living situations with 
exception to some first-year situations... 

—David Edleson, 
dean of Cook Commons 


living space. 

Josh Harper *04 currently lives in 
a single-sex dorm, and said he be¬ 
lieves that “in co-ed halls guys and 
girls‘calm down’ around each other 
and definitely act differently in at¬ 
mospheres where it is only one sex.” 
He observed that co-ed “bathrooms 
are cleaner out of respect for 


Planning Commission OKs Library 

Act 250 Application Next Bureaucratic Hurdle for Facilities Planning 


By Devin Zatorski 

News Editor 


The Town of Middlebury’s Plan¬ 
ning Commission conceptually ap¬ 
proved the College’s Library and 
Technology Center (LATC), slated 
for construction at the Storrs Av¬ 
enue site of the former science 
building. 

Facilities Planning Project Man¬ 
ager Tom McGinn expects full ap¬ 
proval to come later today when 
the local body reconvenes to ex¬ 
amine more specific aspects of the 
project. 

After winning local approval, 
McGinn said the next step in the 
process will involve submitting an 
Act 250 application to the state of 
Vermont, which deals with “region¬ 
al rather than local impacts” of 
construction, he explained. 

Act 250 allows the state to eval¬ 
uate projects on the basis of 10 cri¬ 
teria, among them the construc¬ 
tions impact on natural resources, 
wetlands, historical preservation 
and energy conservation. Traffic 
impacts for the region are also 
taken into consideration, McGinn 
said. 

Despite the work remaining, 
McGinn said facilities planning 
feels “in good shape for starting 
[initial preparations] this sum¬ 
mer” 

When complete, the LATC will 
house library collections in addi¬ 
tion to Information Technology 
Services (ITS), Media Services, In¬ 
structional Technologies and a 
Writing Center, equipping it to be¬ 
come the nerve center of campus. 
Facilities Planning describes the 
concept on their Web site as “a 
building expressive of the centrali¬ 
ty of the library in the life of the 
College,” also noting that the new 
library will possess an “environ¬ 


mentally sensitive and comfort¬ 
able” character. 

The structure will also serve as 
an entrance to the campus, with 
the goal of easing the sharp de¬ 
marcation between town and Col¬ 
lege created by the current science 
center, and maintain architectural 
continuity with other campus 
structures. 


A website featuring an overview 
of the plans may be accessed at 
www.middlebury.edu/-latc. As 
part of the comprehensive site, 
College Archivist Robert Buckeye 
has written a retrospective essay 
titled, “100 Years of Starr Library, 
200 Years of College Libraries,” re¬ 
flecting on history at the dawn of 
a new era for the College library. 


believes that “the natural communi¬ 
ties of co-ed halls work really well. 
They are healthier, saner environ¬ 
ments that produce a more ‘real 
world’ situations than single-sex 
halls. Why not continue this work¬ 
ing situation if it is more salient in 
the first place?” 

Part of the logisticals in making 
Battell co-ed, with exception of the 
single sex third floor, was the con¬ 
venience of offering both co-ed and 
single-sex bathrooms. According to 
Edleson, “After the feedback with 
the students, some time to let the 
idea mature and the placement of 
Junior Counselors, the situation was 
fairly viable.” 

Students had varying reflections 
about the idea, though there seemed 
to be a gender-line agreement. 
Many male students felt that the 
idea to go co-ed will most likely de¬ 
crease dorm-damage because they 
would not want to look bad in front 
of female students, or that they 
would hate to jeopardize the possi¬ 
bility of a relationship with some¬ 
one by making a bad impression on 
them by the way they treated their 


women” and feels that “probably al¬ 
most everyone on his hall agrees.” 

All-female halls, though, do not 
show any empirical evidence that 
dorm damage is much less than on 
all-male halls, and tend 
to feel quite differently 
than men in general re¬ 
garding the issue. 

According to some 
women at the College, 
all-female halls tend to be 
fairly well-kept and have 
less hardcore partying areas than 
male halls. Kate Spector ’04 lives on 
a female hall and likes it because 
there is “no sexual charge in halls or 
worries about crossing some guys 
room to talk to a friend.” 

She said “bonding is easier and 
girls feel closer to each other,” con¬ 
tinuing that there are always guys 
“hanging around to pick up chicks,” 
and that the co-ed atmosphere ex¬ 
ists just down the hall so she can 
hang out there if she wants to. 

She also stated that there seems 
to be “less partying and less pres¬ 
sure to drink without guys to im¬ 
press.” It may be deduced, according 
to Spector and other women, that 
“guys tend to be the ones to come 
and destroy the halls,” particularly 
by damaging the property. 

The proposal is a temporary al¬ 
teration and an experimental pro¬ 
cedure. If dorm damage does not 
seem to decrease or if student sen¬ 
timents arise, Cook Commons will 
reconsider the options, as it is con¬ 
tinually trying to make the living 
situation as agreeable as possible for 
the students. 


Sunset Silhouette 


Andrew Corrigan 

Silhouetted against the setting sun behind Ross Commons, Morley McBride ’02 jumps into the air off the stone wall. The spring weather 
along with the extended daylight hours have allowed students to enjoy the outdoors well into the evening. 



































Page 4 


NEWS 


April 18,2001 


Voters'Guide: Profiles of the SGA Candidates 


Elworthy Reflects on 
Past, Future Challenges 



Bryan McQuade 

Brian Elworthy ’ 02.5 , student co-chair of Community Council is one of the candidates for next years presidency. 


By Tim McCahill 

_ Assistant News Editor 

Reclining in a beaten-up leather 
lounge chair, Brian Elworthy ’02.5 
takes in the year behind him. As 
current student co-chair of the 
Community Council and candi¬ 
date for president of Middlebury 
College’s Student Government As¬ 
sociation (SGA), there is certainly 
a lot for the rising senior to dwell 
upon. 

Tve 

learned so 
much,” he said, 
gazing mo¬ 

mentarily from 
a window in 
his lounge in Gifford Hall. “I’ve 
learned to listen, to be more pa¬ 
tient, to be more open to sugges¬ 
tions. I’ve learned you need to 
change things, to bring about pos¬ 
itive change. I’m hoping that’s what 
people will see in this year’s elec¬ 
tion.” 

With voting scheduled to take 
place at the end of this week, El¬ 
worthy has been busy on many 
fronts: campaigning, studying and 
fulfilling his regular responsibili¬ 
ties in Community Council and as 
a member of the SGA’s Presidential 
Cabinet. 


Assistant News Editor 

It has become a tradition of sorts 
in Middlebury College politics that 
an outsider to the political system 
runs in the race for president of the 
Student Government Association 
(SGA). Saying that current junior 
class representative and presidential 
hopeful Babatunde Ayinde is carry¬ 
ing on this tradition would certain¬ 
ly be correct, as he is a relative new¬ 
comer to the SGA. 

But being on the outside has 
given him one of his main strengths 
as a presidential candidate, Ayinde 
explained.“I look at it with a critical 
eye,” he says, “while learning what 
the SGA does and does effectively. I 
also realize the legwork one needs to 


In many ways, this year has been 
a watershed one for both Elworthy 
and the SGA, furnishing many im¬ 
portant precedents for future SGA 
presidents and senators. 

But Elworthy explained that he 
is prepared to take on the chal¬ 
lenges associated with inheriting 
these precedents. 

A graduate from Phillips Acad¬ 
emy, located in Andover, Mass., El¬ 
worthy was a 
member of 
that school’s 
rowing team. 
“It’s a de¬ 
manding 
sport,” he said. 

“It teaches you teamwork, how 
to think and focus.” Rowing during 
high school not only taught Elwor¬ 
thy of the merits of the “perfect 
form” so important in competition 
but also the value of working with 
a “good team, a good group of peo¬ 
ple.” 

High school taught the presi¬ 
dential candidate other important 
lessons as well. Leaving home at 
the age of 14, Elworthy experi¬ 
enced for the first time the rigors 
of academia away from the famil¬ 
iarity of the hearth. “When you’re 
14 you think you’re invincible,” he 


do to make things happen.” 

Ayinde, who hails from West 
Hartford, Conn., hopes to apply 
what he has learned this year in the 
next year, should he win the bid for 
president of the SGA. “It’s time to 
address 
things on 
another 
level,” he 
ex¬ 
plained. 

A key part of Ayinde’s campaign 
is altering the way students feel rep¬ 
resented by their respective student 
senators. Central to this particular 
idea is communication, something 
Ayinde admitted he values greatly.“I 
love communicating with people, 
through writing and conversation. 


remembered. “It’s only when you 
get to high school you realize 
you’re not special.” 

One of the challenges of the 
candidate’s early life was defining 
himself against his twin brother, a 
student at Roger Williams Univer¬ 
sity in Rhode Island. 

“I was the intellect of the two of 
us,” he conceded, “and my brother 
was the athlete. People established 
our identities compared to each 


Trust is also very important - defi¬ 
nitely trust.” 

These two values, Ayinde ex¬ 
plained, manifest themselves in his 
own personality and in other parts 
of his platform. “My trust, my inno¬ 
vativeness, 
my will¬ 
ingness to 
see some¬ 
thing 
through” 
are characteristics that he said he 
most embodies. 

There are drawbacks to being too 
willing, and Ayinde paused mo¬ 
mentarily to reflect on these. “My 
biggest weakness is that I’m too am¬ 
bitious. I tackle a lot, and always go 
for the best. That can make you 


other, which was a big strain on 
our relationship.” 

The two brothers, however, took 
different paths when it was time to 
start high school. Elworthy’s 
brother stayed at home to attend a 
local high school in his home town 
of Newburyport, Mass. 

Recounting his first day at 
Phillips Academy, Elworthy re¬ 
membered the distinct shock of 
his brother’s name not being men- 


spread yourself too thin,” he admit¬ 
ted. 

This year has been particularly 
challenging for Ayinde, who has 
chosen a highly demanding course¬ 
load so that he might best be able to 
serve the student population should 
he win this week’s election. 

Ayinde, whose first name means 
“spirit of the grandfather” in Niger¬ 
ian, says many people remember 
him for his nickname, Tunde. Like 
his opponent Brian Elworthy, 
Ayinde also attended a private insti¬ 
tution for high school, Suffield 
Academy. “It’s a small place, a good 
community with a home-like at¬ 
mosphere,” he explained. But the 
school also placed its own demands 
upon students, said Ayinde, who 
embraced his time there. 

Remembering the periodic 
lunches with faculty members, 
Ayinde reflected that meeting with 
men and women of authority was 
“particularly daunting.” However 
challenging, these lunches taught 
Ayinde the value of “relationships, 
and dealing with people older than 
you.” 


tioned after his during roll call - 
something the two had gotten 
used to when in school together. 
Being apart, however, has had its 
advantages, and Elworthy admits 
that both he and his fraternal twin 
have “really flourished.” 

Attending school away from 
home also helped Elworthy realize 
and appreciate the work his par¬ 
ents had done to support him 
throughout his life. “I really look 
up to my parents. Both got in¬ 
volved in the workforce when they 
were really young,” he said. “I’m 
proud of the stuff they’ve done.” 

Elworthy’s father runs a screen¬ 
printing business in Newbury¬ 
port; his mother works at the 
alumni affairs office at the candi¬ 
date’s alma mater. “She has very 
high emotional intelligence, and 
channels it in a way that’s very 
productive,” he said. 

Describing himself as a vora¬ 
cious reader, among all of his pos¬ 
sessions the candidate cherishes 
his book collection the most. 

Not surprisingly, one of his fa¬ 
vorite books is “The Presidential 
Difference,” which outlines the 
role of emotional intelligence in 
the lives of American presidents 
from Roosevelt to Clinton. 

“Not one [of those men] has an 
emotional intelligence higher than 
my mom,” the candidate said with 
a smile.Returning to the subject of 
the impending election, Elworthy 
dwelled for a moment on what it 
takes to win. 

“You can’t run only on experi¬ 
ence,” he conceded. “But you still 
need it for something to be 
achieved and accomplished.” 



Bryan McQuade 


Campus Security Log 


The Department of Public Safety responded to the following 
incident reports: 


04/07/01 Received a report of a stolen jacket from KDR. 

04/13/01 Responded to a report of underage drinking in Gifford. 

04/13/01 Received a report of a stolen bicycle from Battel! 
Center. 

04/13/01 Responded a report of underage drinking in Battell. 

If you have any information on the above incidents, please contact 
the Department of Public Safety at extension 5911 or 5133. 


One of the challenges of 
the candidate's early life 
was defining himself 
against his twin brother... 


Ayinde Promises Fresh Perspective in SGA Post 

By Tim McCahiN 


I look with a critical eye while 
learning what the SGA does 
effectively. 

—Babatunde Ayinde '02 


Junior class SGA senator Babatunde Ayinde ’02 is campaigning to be next year s SGA president. 










































NEWS 


April 18, 2001 


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Rosenthal Concentrates 
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Who are you planning to vote for? 


Are you planning to vote? 


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Survey Indicates Elworthy Advantage 


TheMiddlebury Campus conducted a 
survey in Proctor Dining Hall 
on Tuesday, during both 
lunch and dinner, asking 
whether students planned to 
vote, for whom they planned 
to vote, and which issues are 
most important to them. 
Results are based on a total of 
462 respondents. 

The graph titled "Who are you 
planning to vote for?" reflects 
the responses of only those 
students planning to vote 
who have decided on their 
favored candidate. 

—Devin latorski, Ashley Elpern, Liz Logue 
and Claire Bourne 


By Tim McCahill 

Assistant News Editor 

With the lunch rush over, em¬ 
ployees at The Grille repose 
against the bar at the front of the 
restaurant. But the rush has yet to 
end for Erica Rosenthal ’02.5, 
candidate for student co-chair of 
Community Council (SC- 
COCC). 

Despite 
the fact 
that 

Rosenthal 
is running 
uncontested for the position, she 
admits nonetheless that this week 
is “jammed” with things to do, 
with two interviews lined up one 
after the other and the annual 
candidate “meet and greet” direct¬ 
ly following. 

“During your freshman and 
sophomore year you begin to take 
for granted having three-hour 
long meals with your friends,” 
Rosenthal admitted, mentioning 
that something she especially en¬ 
joys is spending time with those 
closest to her. 

Rosenthal, like the many who- 
have vied for her position in years 
past, has had extensive experience 
working in student government at 
Middlebury College. “I believe in 


the power of students as a collec¬ 
tive body to develop and choose 
what’s expected of them, to voice 
their opinions, to lobby and dis¬ 
cuss,” the candidate explained. 

On a more personal level, 
Rosenthal said she believes deeply 
in the power of conversation. 
“One-on-one communication is 
impor¬ 
tant to 
reach 
consen¬ 
sus 

through 

conversation,” she said. 

Serving on Community Coun¬ 
cil since her arrival at Middlebury 
has helped shape this philosophy. 

Beginning her work with the 
body two weeks into her first se¬ 
mester in February of 1999, 
Rosenthal says she feels Commu¬ 
nity Council is a“special place be¬ 
cause you work more intimately 
with students, faculty and mem¬ 
bers of the administration.” 

In the 1999-2000 academic 
year Rosenthal sat on the Student 
Government Association’s (SGA) 
Presidential Cabinet, a worthy 
and worthwhile hiatus from her 
work on the Council. 

Returning to Community 
Council, Rosenthal admitted, 


I'm very devoted, hardworking 
and take seriously the mandate 
to work hard for students. 

—Erica Rosenthal'02 


Bryan McQuade 

Erica Rosenthal ’ 02.5 is running un-opposed for the student co-chair of Community Council in the 2001 elections. 


proved a tough transition. At the 
beginning of fall semester, current 
SGA President Ben Johns and SC- 
COCC Brian Elworthy ap¬ 
proached Rosenthal with an offer 
to continue serving on the Cabi¬ 
net while having a position on the 
Council. 

“My biggest challenge comes 
in making decisions,” Rosenthal 
explained with a smile. “I didn’t 


want my entire life to be con¬ 
sumed by student government. So 
I decided to make Community 
Council a priority for this year.” 

Her biggest challenge, Rosen¬ 
thal said further, is also her 
biggest weakness. 

“Like most Middlebury stu¬ 
dents, I 
sometimes 
spread my¬ 
self too 
thin,” she 
said. “And 
I’ve grap¬ 
pled with 
that. But 
I’ve decided 
to make the 

Council a priority next year, tak¬ 
ing my cues from students.” 

Rosenthal explained that her 
periodic overextension on certain 
campus activities stems from her 
parents. The candidate’s father, an 
attorney in Philadelphia, is “very 


Rosenthal feels 
Community Council is a 
"special place because 
you work more 
intimately with faculty 
and members of the 
administration." 


positive, always a 10,” according to 
Rosenthal. “He’s an individual in 
love with his job. But he manages 
to balance that with his family and 
other community obligations.” 

Rosenthal’s mother, a pharma¬ 
cist, has also played a pivotal role 
in her life. “She took lessons from 

- her childhood and 

translated those 
into being a very in¬ 
volved parent,” she 
said. 

The candidate, 
who, as a member of 
Omega Alpha was 
recognized as being 
“the mother of the 
group,” is hoping to 
translate some of the maternal 
qualities she has become known 
for as SC-COCC. 

“I’m very devoted, hardwork¬ 
ing and take seriously the man¬ 
date to work hard for students,” 
she concluded. 


Ayinde 

34% 


Yes 

77% 


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Elworthy 

66% 















































































Page 6 


NEWS 


April 18,2001 


Candidates Struggle to Balance Campaigning With Daily Life 


(continued front page 1) 
door campaigning. He explained, 
“People really love door-to-door 
campaigning. It allows them to real¬ 
ly interact with us, and it is com¬ 
forting to see that many of them 
know the issues.” 

He emphasized that last year he 
focused on talking to as many peo¬ 
ple as possible, whereas this year he 
realized that 
“the more time 
you spend with 
individual peo¬ 
ple, the more 
they will sup¬ 
port you and 
advocate on 
your behalf.” 

Ayinde 

worked to create 
a Web site to ex¬ 
plain his plat¬ 
form in-depth, 
because, “the 
closer I can get people to my ideas 
the better.” He focused on the inten¬ 
sity of the last week, meeting from 5 
p.m. to midnight each day with stu¬ 
dent groups and individuals, all in 
his plan to strengthen the bond be¬ 
tween students and their represen¬ 
tatives. 

“The Middlebury community 
has amazing ideas and the students 
care about the school, but most 
don’t have an outlet to express their 
ideas,” he said. “One of the hopeful 
things I’ve seen is that we have a 
campus that cares about our quali¬ 
ty of life.” 

Meeting with groups of students 
is also a key part of Rosenthal’s 
campaign, and she has held infor¬ 
mal meetings with student groups 
and talked to students on an indi¬ 
vidual basis.“I like to work one-on- 
one with students, because it is nice 
to talk intimately about the issues 
students are concerned about,” she 
said. 

“It is fascinating to hear their im¬ 
pressions, what matters to them, 
and to realize how that can be trans¬ 
lated into making a difference for 
the campus.” 

She said that students will feel 
free to voice their opinions, “If we 
make more of an effort to share 
ideas with students, and then they 


will respond because they have def¬ 
inite opinions and are willing to 
voice them.” 

Making time for all aspects of life 
has been difficult. Ayinde addressed 
his goal of taking ownership of his 
campaign: “A smaller campaign 
team increases the accountability 
and quality of work of all,” he said. 
“For myself, I want to be able to put 
up as 
many 
posters 
and talk 
to as 
many 
people 
as possi¬ 
ble. 
That’s 
part of 
the fun, I 
feel real¬ 
ly con¬ 
nected 

to the campaign.” 

For Elworthy and Rosenthal, 
their work on the Community 
Council must continue. Although 
Rosenthal is spending much of her 
time campaigning, she insisted that 
her work on Community Council 
has not been adversely affected. “It 
has all fallen into place,” she said, 
“and I’ve enjoyed the process.” 

Elworthy said that as soon as he 
began to campaign, he stressed that 
he would remain active in the Com¬ 
munity Council. “That is my job for 
the rest of the year regardless of 
what happens,” he said. 

Elworthy’s opponent in last year’s 
SC-COCC race, Ryan Palsrok ’01, 
added insight into campaigning and 
the SGA elections in general. Pal¬ 
srok said that while campaigning, 
he “felt a very positive reaction from 
the campus...people expressed in¬ 
terest in why I was running and 
what I cared about.” 

His greatest disappointment was 
the low turnout of the election, 
which he said “didn’t correlate with 
the amount of positive response I 
had received from the students dur¬ 
ing the campaign.” 

Student awareness and interest in 
campus-wide issues are traits that 
Palsrok observed, echoing the cur¬ 
rent candidates’ impressions. 


“Maybe I knew it from the start, but 
the campaign certainly reinforced 
the idea for me that Midd students 
genuinely care about the future of 
this college,” he said. “Furthermore, 
they care about more issues than se¬ 
curity/student relationships and al¬ 
cohol policy, as important as those 
issues may be.” 

As for the role of the SGA, Pal¬ 
srok said, “The SGA has the oppor¬ 
tunity to take a much more active 
and pivotal role in College policy,” 
extending a challenge to this year’s 
candidates to “tell us your vision for 
campus” and also asking students to 
grasp hold of the SGA, demanding 
that it address their concerns. 

Whitney Robinson ’01, one of 
last year’s presidential candidates, 
expressed less knowledge about this 
year’s election, citing the fact that 
she is a senior trying to “figure out 
the rest of her life.” 

Looking back on her campaign, 
she em¬ 
phasized 
the need to 
talk to as 
many peo¬ 
ple as pos¬ 
sible. “We 
were all re¬ 
ally ex¬ 
hausted 
with the 
added 
stress to al¬ 
ready busy 
schedules,” 
she commented on contestants in 
last year’s race. 

In assessing the work of the pre¬ 
sent SGA, she noted the student- 
wage increase and the self-sched¬ 
uled exam initiative as important 
accomplishments, but qualified the 
wage increase with being in accor¬ 
dance to the raise in the Vermont 
minimum wage. 

A former member of the SGA, 
Robinson said “It is an uphill battle 
every year, usually with no more or 
less gained from year to year. The 
SGA must continue fighting the 
hard fight to see what they can get 
done.” 

Unlike Palsrok and this year’s 
candidates, Robinson said she feels 
that student apathy is still strong. “I 
don’t feel engaged this year, but that 
isn’t a new thing,” she said, going on 
to say that the SGA needs to contin¬ 
ue to get its voice out to get students 


(continued from page 1) 
ating senior becomes a CRA is 
close to the process by which JCs 
are chosen. As with any job appli¬ 
cation, the resume is sent to those 
commons 
with which 
an inter¬ 
ested se¬ 
nior would 
like to 

work. Ap¬ 
plications 
are re¬ 

viewed ac¬ 
cordingly, 
and after an interview process, 
commons offices call prospective 
CRAs to offer them a position. 

When asked about his plans for 
next year, German said he is look¬ 
ing forward to writing a “Cook 
song” to pass down to future gen- 


more involved and to foster respon¬ 
sibility and direction in student 
leaders. 

Ben Johns ’01, current SGA pres¬ 
ident, spoke about the creation of 
his platform, finding issues he saw 
through his work on the SGA and in 
meeting with students. While cam¬ 
paigning, he said he found smaller 
issues that he has tried to incorpo¬ 
rate into this year’s agenda. 

Johns had a small group of 
friends to help him. “In previous 
years there had been a plethora of 
extremely large campaign strategy 
groups, but I found it was better to 
get a group of reliable friends who 
could get things done,” he said. 

He stressed the importance of 
meeting with as many students on 
an individual level as possible, not¬ 
ing, “People have to understand 
what you stand for.” 

While the time commitment was 
rigorous, Johns maintained that it is 
a worth¬ 
while ex¬ 
perience. 
“You 

learn a lot 
about 
yourself 
and what 
you are 
willing to 
sacrifice 
to achieve 
your 

goals,” he 
said. “You 
also get to learn about the people on 
campus, meeting amazing people 
that you otherwise wouldn’t get to 
know.” 

All of this year’s candidates 
echoed similar statements. Ayinde 
reiterated the importance of having 
a small group of friends help him 
with his campaign, as well as the im¬ 
portant interactions he has had with 
students representing a variety of 
interests. 

Elworthy noted the high level of 
interest he has seen from the stu¬ 
dents he had talked with, “People 
know and understand the issues,” he 
said. “It is very encouraging to hear 
this.” 

Rosenthal concluded that the 
process has been an overwhelming 
commitment, “but very important 
to me.” She said she has made it a 
priority to be active and to address 
issues that matter to students. 


erations of Cook students. He also 
stressed how much he is looking 
forward to working with first-year 

German 
also point¬ 
ed out how 
important 
being a 
CRA is to 
him per¬ 
sonally. “I 
wanted 
something 
to do be¬ 
tween Middlebury and grad 
school, something that I felt was 
meaningful and gave me the op¬ 
portunity to interact with peo¬ 
ple... I feel this is also a way to give 
back to the community which has 
given me so much.” 


Students 
React to 
Campaign 
Efforts 

By Devin Zatorski 

News £dhor 

The annual “Meet and Greet” 
event in Proctor Woodstove 
Lounge, giving students an op¬ 
portunity to mingle with candi¬ 
dates for the top posts in student 
government, yielded sparse 
turnout yesterday evening. 

Brian Elworthy ’02.5, a candi¬ 
date for SGA president, said,“The 
turnout is demonstrated by the 
few pieces of cake that are miss¬ 
ing,” motioning to a table of 
chocolate-iced dessert trays. “At 
6 p.m. [halfway through the 
event] there are 11 gone, and Pve 
eaten 3 of them myself,” he joked. 

While the room was full of 
students relaxing with friends, 
the candidates sat apart from the 
masses, occasionally engaging a 
student in discussion of the key 
issues in this year’s election. 

The event provided candidates 
with yet another opportunity to 
interact with their voters, who 
will decide this Thursday and 
Friday who will lead the student 
body as SGA president and stu¬ 
dent co-chair of Community 
Council (SC-COCC). 

Elworthy is vying with Ba- 
batunde Ayinde ’02 for the presi¬ 
dential job, and Erica Rosenthal 
is unchallenged for SC-COCC. 

Candidates have, however, 
been actively campaigning 
among their constituency in re¬ 
cent weeks, introducing voters to 
their platforms through the tra¬ 
ditional means of campus poli¬ 
ticking: hanging banners, going 
door-to-door and positioning 
campaign posters on nearly 
every bulletin board. 

Kate Salstein ’02.5, a Junior 
Counselor in Battel 1 South, said 
Ayinde spoke at one of her hall 
meetings, while she has seen El¬ 
worthy knocking on doors intro¬ 
ducing himself to students. 

She said her first-years were 
“really psyched” to have Ayind- 
edeliver a campaign speech and 
answer questions at the hall 
meeting. “When Brian [Elwor¬ 
thy] walked around; they were 
also very receptive,” she added. 

Nick Prigo ’02, a member of 
Omega Alpha, noted that both 
presidential candidates have vis¬ 
ited the social house. Members 
“listened very attentively to 
each,” said Prigo,“and didn’t have 
a preconceived vote.” 

He continued, “Their issues 
are somewhat or very relevant,” 
but said, “People didn’t like 
[Ayinde’s] e-mail incident.” 

John Newman ’02, who la¬ 
beled the campaigning “not par¬ 
ticularly effective” said he knew 
Ayinde was running “simply be¬ 
cause [he] got 50 e-mails from 
him.” 

Newman said, “I thought it 
was a virus...so l erased them 
all” 


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April 18,2001 


LOCAL NEWS 


Page 7 


Protesters to Rally at Quebec Summit 


By Amy Brais 

Staff Writer 


Protesters in Vermont are 
preparing for a demonstration 
against the Summit of the Ameri¬ 
cas trade meeting.The Summit of 
the Americas meeting is scheduled 
to take place April 20-23 in Que¬ 
bec City. Vermont will likely serve 
as a meeting grounds for protest¬ 
ers from the entire Eastern 
Seaboard who will make their way 
to Quebec City. Some students 
from the College will 
also be driving up to 
Quebec City in order to 
protest the summit this 
weekend. 

Activist groups, 
namely the Mobiliza¬ 
tion for Global Justice, 
have deemed Burling¬ 
ton, Vt., Buffalo, N.Y. 
and Jackman, Maine, as 

the three “convergence - 

points” for protesters to assemble 
before crossing the border into 
Canada. 

The Summit of the Americas is 
a meeting of the 34 democratical¬ 
ly elected heads of state and gov¬ 
ernments who hail from North, 
Central and South America, as 
well as the Caribbean. 

The Summit will also attract 
business leaders and corporate 
media. This will be the third meet¬ 
ing of the Summit of the Americ¬ 
as, the first having been in Miami 
in 1994, and the second in Santia¬ 
go in 1998. 

The primary goal of this Sum¬ 
mit will be to create a new free- 
trade zone that would span from 
the Canadian arctic all the way to 
Argentina. The Mobilization for 
Global Justice vocalizes its opposi¬ 
tion to the summit on its Web site 
(www.quebec2001 .net). 

On the Web site, the group 
states: “The Free Trade Area 
(FTAA) of the Americas is an ex¬ 
tension of the reach of capitalist 
globalization, aiming to submit 
health care, education, as well as 
environmental and labor stan¬ 
dards to the so-called logic of the 
free-market.” Specifically, the ac¬ 
tivists feel that, should the goals of 
the summit be realized, the coun¬ 
tries involved would suffer from 
lowered wages and weakened anti¬ 
pollution laws. To prevent these 
consequences, the Mobilization 
for Global Justice is preparing to 
take action. 

The group describes its plans 
for April as a “carnival against cap¬ 
italism” They plan on holding 
conferences, teach-ins, work¬ 
shops, cabarets, concerts and 
protests, and organizing other 
forms of direct action in Quebec. 
The protesters involved will come 
from all walks of life and will in¬ 
clude working families, environ¬ 
mentalists, students and farmers, 
among others. 

On the Web site the Mobiliza¬ 
tion for Global Justice explains 
several realizations and strategies. 
They will not try to repeat the 
demonstration against the World 
Trade Organization in Seattle. 
During this 1999 protest, demon¬ 
strators effectively suspended 
WTO meetings for a day. 

The activist group realizes that 
in order to stage such a protest in 
Quebec they would have to assem¬ 
ble an inordinately large number 


of people who were willing to sub¬ 
ject themselves to the threat of or 
violence. Further, shutting down 
the Quebec Summit is an intrinsic 
impossibility since the Summit is 
under no obligation to reach any 
final result, only to initiate serious 
dialogue and negotiations. 

Despite these limitations, pro¬ 
testers recognize that they can still 
achieve a political victory through 
their efforts. They hope to inform 
the masses about what the global- 


Lawful protest is part of the fabric of 
the way people have exercised their 
rights in Vermont over the years. As 
long as people protest accordingly 
there won't be any problems. 

—James Walton, 
Vermont Health and Public Safety 
commissioner 


ization of economies entails, ex¬ 
plain the objectives of the FTAA 
and subsequently force individuals 
to question the entire process. 
With this heightened public 
awareness and involvement the 
group wishes to foster the growth 
of alternatives to market global¬ 
ization, such as organic agriculture 
supported by communities and 
fair trade. 

Activists and authorities alike 
are well aware of past protests and 


the possibility of violent out¬ 
comes. The Canadian government 
has already begun measures to 
safeguard against large-scale, vio¬ 
lent protests. Canadian immigra¬ 
tion officials working at border 
control have denied access to 
Canada to those U.S. citizens they 
feel could pose a threat to the 
Summit. 

The layout of the conference 
center in which the Summit will be 
held provides a sort of natural bar¬ 
ricade for protesters. Nev¬ 
ertheless, crews are work¬ 
ing 12-hour days to erect 
three miles of chainlink 
fence and concrete highway 
abutments. In another mea¬ 
sure of security, thousands 
of police officers are 
preparing for Friday’s 
events. 

Vermont Health and 
Public Safety Commission¬ 
er James Walton addressed some 
domestic concerns. “Lawful 
protest is part of the fabric of the 
way people have exercised their 
rights in Vermont over the years,” 
Walton told The Associated Press. 
“As long as people protest accord¬ 
ingly there won’t be any prob¬ 
lems.” Should there be any devia¬ 
tions from peaceful protest, he 
explained, “we’ll be prepared to 
deal with those, I hope swiftly and 
compellingly.” 


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Friday, April 20 - Saturday, April 21, 

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• For the first time ever, two major software 
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LOCAL NEWS 


Page 8 


April 22,2001 


State Evaluation Shows No Major Concerns for Flooding 

Harsh Winter and Pending Meltdown Have Vermonters on Edge 


By Rebecca Adams 

Staff Writer 

If you’ve ventured outside of 
your dorm room any time in the 
past month, you may have no¬ 
ticed something. The snow is 
melting and spring is on its way. 
While most students welcome the 
end of winter, all that melted 
snow could create big problems 
with flooding. 

Middlebury received 48 inches 
of snow in the month of March, a 
record that eclipses the average 
snowfall of 13 inches. Despite the 
amount of precipitation locked 
up in the snow (estimates range 


from 10-20 inches), there are 
many positive effects of the snow 
melt. 

The snow this winter started 
out heavy and early, preventing 
permafrost from forming, and al¬ 
lowing more water to be absorbed 
into the ground. 

Also, the temperatures we have 
experienced the past week have 
been ideal for melting snow. The 
warm days and cold nights allow 
the snow to melt gradually. 

Moe Forcier, a trainer officer 
with the Emergency Management 
Division of the State of Public 
Safety, was reported as saying, 
“We do not anticipate any serious 
flooding this year,” in the April 14 
edition of The Burlington Free 
Press. He continued, “We’re going 
to have flooding in the lowland 
areas that flood every 
spring...we’re not anticipating any 
major events.” 


The fields behind Bicentennial 
Hall would be included among 
lowland areas. 

Studies of the rivers in Ver¬ 
mont from an aerial view show 
that there is not much danger of 
ice jams blocking the water flow 
and worsening the flood condi¬ 
tions. 

Officials do not rest their hopes 
on these ideal weather conditions 
continuing. In a month that is 
known for temperature spikes 
and heavy rainfall, flooding could 
still pose a substantial threat for 
some areas in Vermont. 

In order to prepare for flood¬ 
ing, the 
water 
level in 
the Chit- 
tendon 
Reser¬ 
voir has 
been 
dropped 
14 feet, 
and the lower Waterbury reser¬ 
voir by 10 feet. The Burlington 
Free Press reported on April 7 that 
minimal flooding is predicted of 
fields with a 25 percent chance of 
Lake Champlain flooding. 

Local Middlebury merchants 
do not show much concern for 
flooding from Otter Creek. Look¬ 
ing at the creek, the water is high 
and fast, but the fact that nothing 
is blocking the water flow bodes 
well for businesses that rest close 
to the water. 

This was the third snowiest 
winter on record, which may 
seem strange in the age of global 
warming. 

On the contrary, the heavy 
snowfall this past year could be 
caused by changes in Vermont’s 
temperature over the past centu¬ 
ry which have gone up 0.4 degrees 
fahrenheit in Burlington, and pre¬ 
cipitation has increased by up to 


We haven't seen the really big warm-up 
and heavy rainfall on top of it that we look 
for to forecast floods, but the potential of 
the snowpack [to melt] is still there. 

—Greg Hanson, 
National Weather Service 



5 percent in most parts of the 
state. 

Furthermore, precipitation on 
extremely wet or snowy days is 
likely to in¬ 
crease. The 
storms this 
past winter 
often contin¬ 
ued unabated 
for long peri¬ 
ods of time, 
creating some 
very serious 
blizzards, even 
by Vermont 
standards. 

What this means in the long 
term is still unsure, as more pre¬ 
cipitation could take the form of 
rain or snow in the future. 

Whatever the cause of the in¬ 
creased precipitation this past 


winter, officials in Vermont are 
working hard to prevent any 
major problems with flooding. 
They are clearing out culverts 
and ditch¬ 
es in order 
to increase 
water flow. 
All they 
can really 
do for the 
moment, 
however, is 
wait and 
see what 
happens. 
The 

snow on the larger mountains has 
not yet had the chance to thaw, 
such as the snow on top of Mount 
Mansfield which is still more than 
10 feet deep. 

If the temperature increases 


sharply, flooding could be seri¬ 
ous, but if not, flooding will not 
be a major problem. 

Greg Hanson, a hydrologist at 
the National Weather Service in 
Burlington told The Burlington 
Free Press," There’s still a tremen¬ 
dous amount of snow that still 
needs to melt...The potential is 
still there. We haven’t seen the re¬ 
ally big warm-up and the heavy 
rainfall on top of it that we look 
for to forecast floods, but the po¬ 
tential in the snowpack is still 
there.” 

The fact that Middlebury has 
no need to worry about flooding 
is a relief to many in the commu¬ 
nity and around the state. Some 
roads may flood but when, and if, 
the large amount of melting 
comes the state will be ready to 
handle it. 


The snow on the larger 
mountains has not yet had 
the chance to thaw, such as 
the snow on top of Mount 
Mansfield which is still more 
than 10 feet deep. If the 
temperature increases 
sharply, flooding could be 
serious... 


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Electric Companies Fight Over Conditions of Mother Nature 

Vermont’s two largest electric power utilities hope that their contract with a Canadian utili¬ 
ty will be declared»invalid as a result of the 1998 ice storm. The Rutland Herald reported on April 
15 that Central Vermont Public Service Corp, Green Mountain Power and other Vermont util¬ 
ities claim that when Hydro-Quebec failed to deliver power to them as a result of the ice storm, 
their contract was violated and may now be struck down. The contract, which was agreed upon 
in 1990 and extends to 2016 accounts for about a third of the state’s electricity supply. The Ver¬ 
mont utilities want an international arbitration panel to declare the contract invalid; make 
Hydro-Quebec pay for power lost during and after the storm; and make Hydro-Quebec pay for 
above-market costs paid by the utilities to the company over the last decade. All of the utilities’ 
demands are based on the claim that Hydro-Quebec was not adequately prepared for such an 
ice storm as struck the region. Hydro-Quebec asserts that it is not responsible for the lack of 
power delivery, calling the storm an “act of God”. The Vermont utilities are currently consider¬ 
ing alternative power sources in the event the panel cancels the contract with Hydro-Quebec. 

Norwich University Sells Vermont College to Cincinnati Institution 

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An Ohio institution of higher learning has acquired Vermont College from Norwich Univer¬ 
sity. Union Institute of Cincinnati is a long-distance online learning institution that offers doc¬ 
torate programs and some bachelor’s programs, while Vermont College is similar offering both 
bachelors and masters degree programs. The Rutland Herald reported on April 14 that many 
Vermont College students have gone on to participate in Union Institute programs in the past. 
After a Jan. 29 announcement by the university stating that the college would be sold for the 
good of both, a 10 week search for a buyer was conducted. The sale was finally agreed upon Apr. 
13. Norwich University President Richard Schneider said, “For Vermont College this is another 
new beginning, an exciting opportunity. For Norwich University it’s an opportunity as well, a 
chance for us to renew our focus on our primary business of educating civilian traditional-age 
students and cadets in leadership and their character development.” Union Institute President 
Judith Sturnick said, “This is a pivotal moment in the history and vision of both institutions. 
The historic union of these two pioneering institutions with parallel missions and values en- 



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April 18, 2001 


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OPINIONS 


Page 10 


April 18, 2001 


Editorial 

A Vote for Experience 

It would appear as if students are looking for guidance in this years SGA elections. 

For some the difficulty may be in the fact that there really is only one choice to 
make, and that that choice will determine the future course of the new student govern¬ 
ment. 

And perhaps, for many people, the decision is difficult because they really do not 
feel like they are choosing between anything. 

However, the choice aside, there is surely no reason not to vote. 

There are, in fact, options in this years election. There is the alternative of the expe¬ 
rienced or the new; between the steam rolling ahead of this year, and the bringing in of 
new ideas; and, there is the choice between the political savvy and a fresh new face. 

For the best interest of the continued success of the Middlebury student govern¬ 
ment, The Campus has decided this year to endorse experience and recommend Brian 
Elworthy as the best choice for SGA president. 

Though it was disheartening to see a lack in the diversity of options this year, and 
we strongly support a more extensive reach into the College community for new faces 
on the SGA, the stronger candidate in this years election appears to be the one who has 
already made his way around the intricacies of College policy. 

Elworthy proved his political skills this year by playing a large role in numerous pro¬ 
jects that helped forward the students’agenda. While serving as the student co-chair of 
Community Council (SC-COCC), Elworthy assisted the current president to increase 
student wages and to prepare the self-scheduled exam proposal. He also took his own 
initiative in creating a provisional alcohol policy for the social houses - limiting the use 
of hard alcohol in exchange for an hour more of parties and an extra keg of beer - that 
he plans on attempting to carry forward to the entire community next year. Elworthy 
also proposes better student/security relations, an increased transportation system for 
students in the community, more 15-minute parking spaces and, probably most 
importantly for many students, a re-examination of the SGA Finance Committee. 

However, while Elworthy’s ideas are strong, the platform of Babatunde Ayinde 
should not be overlooked after this election. Many students have shown an interest in 
Ayindes proposals for online textbook exchange as well as alterations in the current 
meal plan to allow for credit to be extended to The Grille. Ayinde showed good initia¬ 
tive in his campaign; however, his leadership abilities do not appear to be the most ben¬ 
eficial to the College at this time. And, while many of his ideas about increased stu- 
dent/SGA communication are worthy of mention, Elworthy has led by example this 
year to show that he is constantly open to new ideas and in contact with students on 
campus. 

The contest for SC-COCC is uncontested this year, automatically making Erica 
Rosenthal a new leader at Middlebury. However, while there is no choice in this mat¬ 
ter, The Campus would like to state a few reservations about her candidacy that will 
hopefully be taken as words of wisdom for the coming year. The fact that Rosenthal is 
running unopposed has most likely altered the way she organized her campaign. 
Perhaps, if she had competition, her ideas and platforms would have appeared better 
formulated and more researched. While her ideas for incorporating Community 
Council into the room draw process and creating a student security patrol on the week¬ 
ends are appealing, she has not shown enough proof that these plans can indeed come 
to fruition. The fact that Rosenthal does have significant experience on the SGA and 
Community Council gives hope that she will prove to be a successful leader; however, 
she does need to increase the strength of her platform and show a greater energy level 
in order to invigorate the potential for action in her new position. 

A combination of Brian Elworthy and Erica Rosenthal as next year’s student leaders 
appears to be the best choice for Middlebury’s student government. So while it is now 
in the hands of each student to place his or her vote online tomorrow and choose a new 
SGA president, The Campus calls for a vote for experience in an effort to continue a tra¬ 
dition of strong leadership that began this year. 


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-Fahim Ahmed ’03- 


Inside Look at SGA Candidates 


T he campaign for the Stu¬ 
dent Government Associa¬ 
tion (SGA) presidency is 
on. Contenders for the top posi¬ 
tion—Brian Elworthy, the in¬ 
cumbent co-chair of Community 
Council, and Babatunde Ayinde, 
the junior class Senator—have 
introduced their respective elec¬ 
toral platforms, and they have 
squared off to discuss the issues 
each hopes to address next year. 
Though the Election Meeting has 
already taken place, and posters 
and banners for each of the can¬ 
didates are on display across 
campus, the student body, has yet 
to effectively engage in the dis¬ 
cussion of the perennial issues 
that face the College community. 

Low turnout at the debate and 
insufficient publicity leading up 
to the election has drawn sharp 
criticism of the SGA. However, 
the SGA can be blamed for the 
lack of student interest in the 
elections only to a certain extent. 
Instead, it is more reflective of the 
apathy that is associated with stu¬ 
dent governance. While the cur¬ 
rent leadership of the SGA has 
succeeded in restoring the credi¬ 
bility that had diminished over 
the past couple of years, it is still 
working on establishing itself as a 
major player in the policymaking 
at Middlebury. 

Among other issues, this is a 
challenge that the leadership of 
the SGA must face in the next 
year. While certain issues have 
traditionally dominated (and 
continue to dominate) the elec¬ 
tion campaigns at Middlebury 
College, what really distinguishes 


one candidate from the other is 
how each proposes to approach 
the matter, how effectively each 
communicates a feasible solution 
and the attributes each brings in 
with their candidacies. As in the 
years past, such factors will con¬ 
tinue to play a determinant role in 
the upcoming elections. 

I have worked closely on the 
SGA with both Ayinde and 
Elworthy. Over the last week, I 
have had the chance to discuss 
the platforms of each of the can¬ 
didates; it is heartening to note 
that the proposals of each of the 
candidates are supported by 
some considerable groundwork. 
We shall now attempt to evaluate 
the proposals of each of the can¬ 
didates. 

Ayinde proposes to introduce 
free shuttle services to and from 
the Burlington Airport before 
and after the major breaks. Such 
initiatives have been taken in the 
past, albeit on a smaller scale, by 
the commons, especially before 
the winter and summer breaks. It 
certainly is a feasible proposal; yet 
one may expect a small fare to be 
charged for the service. Less like¬ 
ly to be materialized, however, is 
his promise to add 200 additional 
parking spaces between Fletcher 
and Kenyon. Experiences in the 
recent past have shown that the 
College’s efforts to extend park¬ 
ing facilities have faced serious 
objection from the town commu¬ 
nity, and they have been severely 
constrained by Act 250 of the 
Vermont statutes. 

Ayinde makes a couple of 
commendable proposals in his 


agenda: online coursepack and 
online textbook exchange. There 
is little doubt that both would 
benefit students considerably, 
given the budgetary constraints 
faced by most students. Online 
coursepacks have been an issue 
addressed by the SGA in the past. 
Copyright laws have prevented 
the College from taking a bold 
step in this regard, as several insti¬ 
tutions had been named defen¬ 
dants in lawsuits as a result of 
such initiatives. Therefore, any 
move to make coursepacks avail¬ 
able online should be approached 
with utmost caution. However, 
the SGA can still play a leading 
role in making past exams, lec¬ 
ture notes and homework solu¬ 
tions available online. As for 
online textbook exchange, I see 
the role of the SGA as that of an 
initiator rather than that of a 
facilitator. Student-administered 
Web sites (Middkid.com and 
Dailyjolt.com) may serve as the 
‘hub’ for this initiative. 

The most controversial item 
on Ayinde’s agenda is his propos¬ 
al to readjust the meal plan to 
provide credits at The Grille for 
skipped meals. Student leaders 
had broached this topic in the 
past, but have drawn flak from 
college administrators. Such an 
adjustment may lead to unhealthy 
eating habits with students pur¬ 
posefully skipping meals during 
the day to ‘save up’ for a late-night 
snack at The Grille. Although this 
initiative would financially bene¬ 
fit students' the health concerns 
cannot be ignored. Further, this is 
certain to constrain the budget of 
the Dining Services by reducing 
the revenue generated from its 
Grille operations without signifi¬ 
cantly cutting costs at the dining 
halls. 

Brian Elworthy, on the other 
hand, has pledged to continue 
working on the issues the current 
SGA leadership has addressed, 
some with a considerable degree 
of success. At the forefront of his 
agenda is his commitment to a 
safer social atmosphere on cam¬ 
pus. His proposal to extend party 
(see Innovation , page 13) 


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The Campus retains the right to edit ail submissions. 


Corrections 


A page-three photo caption in the April 3 edition of The Campus 
incorrectly identified the title of the WRMC morning show 
“Bedknobs and Beatniks.” 

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April 18, 2001 


OPINIONS 


Page 11 


-Bryan Costa ’03 - 


Environmental and Monetary Green 


F irst I want to point out my life 
is a contradiction; I am a joint 
environmental studies and 
biology major yet I drive a jeep, I eat 
meat and yes, I like children. 1 can 
however placate my conscience in 
that I drive my car for five minutes 
once a week; I was vegetarian for 
three years and I sold my three chil¬ 
dren. If I had the perfect 1.5 chil¬ 
dren family though, with a white 
picket fence and a golden retriever, 
I would be highly concerned about 
President Bush’s recent announce¬ 
ment not to reduce C02 emissions 
under the Kyoto Protocol. He chose 
to do so, as illustrated in his letter to 
Senators Hagel, Helms, Craig and 
Roberts, because he argued the sci¬ 
ence of climate change (i.e. global 
warming) is too uncertain to merit 
action. Putting aside the many sci¬ 
entific reports that conclude an¬ 
thropogenic actions are causing 
global warming (e.g. IPCC 2001 re¬ 
port), we must ask ourselves is the 


issue of global warming so hard to 
believe considering how humans 
have historically altered their land¬ 
scapes? In particular, we have 
moved rivers; we have decapitated 
mountains; and now, we have 
begun to cause the global tempera¬ 



ture to increase and the earth’s cli¬ 
mate to change. 


Unfortunately, the decision of 
whether or not to act merely boils 
down to a difference in economics 
on Capital Hill. Some U.S. con¬ 
gressmen and one unnamed U.S. 


president believe we cannot contin¬ 
ue to prosper while making a tran¬ 
sition to alternative fuels. However, 
for every million dollars spent on 
oil and gas exploration, only 1.5 
jobs are created; for coal mining, 4.4 
jobs. But for every million spent on 
making and installing solar water 
heaters, 14 jobs are created; for 
manufacturing solar panels, 17 
jobs; for electricity from biomass 
and waste, 23 jobs (Gelbspan, 
1995). The question then becomes 
will our economy collapse if we 
avoid making the transition to 
alternative fuels? We must also ask 
ourselves if there would be an “ener¬ 
gy crisis” as President Bush con¬ 
tends, if we consumed less? Notably, 
Singapore, the Philippines, 
Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia 
have all cut their energy use by 
more than 20 percent over the last 
decade by implementing energy- 
efficient building codes (Gelbspan, 
1995). So why can’t we? 


-_Kate Moffet ’04- 

Cook Needs Recipe for Room Draw 


H ome, as defined by Web¬ 
ster’s New World Dictio¬ 
nary, is, “n. 1 the place 
where a person (or family) lives; 
one’s dwelling place; specif., a) the 
house, apartment, etc. where one 
lives or is living temporarily; liv¬ 
ing quarters b) the region, city, 
state, etc. where one lives.” This 
definition, like most desiccated 
dictionary definitions, is void of 
the profound emotional connota¬ 
tions and implications of the word 


home. What the definition does 
offer is the area where “one lives or 
is living temporarily.” 

Middlebury is home to over 
2,000 students for nine months of 
the year. As freshmen, we were 
encouraged to make this our tem¬ 
porary home when we were wel¬ 
comed into the college communi¬ 
ty in September. An assortment of 
faculty members and students all 
reiterated that Middlebury is 
more than just a place to study, eat 


and sleep; it is a community. The 
word family was even used several 
times. Yet recently, as Cook 
Commons freshmen came to the 
startling realization that there is 
no sophomore housing in Cook 
Commons, this cozy image of a 
friendly college community dis¬ 
solved. Instead of exuberant 
speeches praising the affable com¬ 
munity of Middlebury College, 
detached mutters off-handedly 
reassured Cook Commons fresh¬ 
men, “Oh, you’ll be housed some¬ 
where.” Suddenly, Middlebury was 
just a place to study, eat and sleep 
if living arrangements were only 
significant as shelter from 
Vermont winters. 

As incoming freshmen, we were 
assigned commons. We did not 
choose. Now, as housing assign¬ 
ments are made for next year, 
Cook Commons freshmen scram¬ 
ble to try to draw out of Cook or 
hope for the best - try to stay in 
Cook and end up “housed some¬ 
where.” 

This commons system may not 
be a perfect institution, but that is 
not the fault of the Cook 
Commons freshmen. We were 
blindly tossed into commons. 
This was a problem for the Class 
of 2003 as well. Now, a proposal 
has been written which originally 
asked for 34 beds to be reserved 
for Cook Commons sophomores 
in Pearsons, not in Forest as was 
suggested in The Middlebury 
Campus last week. (The Student 
Government Association decided 
that 34 beds was an unreasonable 
request to be made by 157 stu¬ 
dents without housing.) The pro¬ 
posal was passed at 16 beds, or 
eight rooms, four for males, four 
for females, to ensure that there be 
some sophomores in Cook 
Commons. Many options were 
explored, including annexing a 
hall for Cook sophomores in 
another commons in a dorm 
dominated primarily by sopho¬ 
mores. However, all these options 
(see Finding , page 12) 


Letters to the Editor 

Social Darwinism: Fit to Be Printed? 

To the Editor: 

I don’t usually read the whole Campus. Nor do I usually care what peo¬ 
ple argue about in it. But when the article by Brian Ashley, “Bred for 
Extinction”, was brought to my attention, I had to write something in 
response. To be honest, I find it difficult to avoid making this piece a per¬ 
sonal attack against an obviously myopic and cynical individual, but I 
will do my best. 

I wish I could convince myself that Mr. Ashley’s piece was written 
merely to stir up debate but I fear that he may actually believe what he has 
written. If so, maybe he should move to Mississippi and join the Klan. 
Hitler would be happy to see that an apparently intelligent college student 
holds many of his ideals. I wonder how someone so racist and narrow 
minded managed to get into this school. Mr. Ashley, let me give you some 
advice. Understand that you have no idea what you are talking about, and 
take a step out of your protected little world before everyone on campus 
is ashamed to attend the same school as you. 

—Ben Howe ’03 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Read this week's “Pocketbook Politics"for the author's 
response. 

Candidates E-mail Fills Students’ Inboxes 

To the Editor: 

I don’t know if other students on campus received the numerous 
messages from Tunde, but I for one was rather annoyed. Students on 
this campus receive enough extraneous e-mail, and it shows to me a real 
disrespect and abuse of e-mail privileges. I believe responding once to 
an “all campus” e-mail is bad enough, but sending multiple messages, 
flooding our inboxes with his own personal advertisement is down 
right rude! I no longer care what Tunde’s stance is on campus-wide 
issues. I would never vote for someone with so little respect for the stu¬ 
dents of this campus! 

—Carmen Tedesco ’01 



Pocketbook 
Politics: 

-Brian Ashley ’04- 

Inciting Rational, Independent Thought 

B etween last Wednesday and yesterday, I received several e-mails and 
telephone calls and had several conversations with various people 
about the April 11 installment of “Pocketbook Politics”. I must say, 
this proves my goal in last week’s column was more than accomplished. 
For those of you who missed it, it was essentially a defense of the type of 
antiquated Social Darwinism that exists in extremely conservative circles 
of wealthy societies as justification for the poor getting poorer and the 
rich getting richer. I do not believe anything I wrote in that column. Let 
us just get that out of the way. What then, was the purpose of writing such 
an inflammatory, classist, racist and antediluvian argument? Well, I will 
tell you. I fear that much of what is said in today’s world simply passes 
through the ears of many people without registering much independent 
thought. We may hear something we know is good or bad, but actually 
thinking about it enough to create a concrete, well thought-out argument 
is another thing altogether. If I had simply talked about the faults of pre¬ 
vious justifications for flat taxes and Social Darwinism, you might have 
agreed with me and went on about your merry way. However, only by con¬ 
vincing you that I believe in the things about which I wrote did I feel that 
my goal could be reached. The wonderfully thoughtful and articulate re¬ 
sponses I received are proof to me that I succeeded in my objective. 

Now that we know I am not an evil, heartless person, I feel obliged to 
explain myself fully on many of the issues I presented last week. First off, 
I do believe that there is a difference between humans and animals. We 
have a different and more complex goal in mind. Our enlightenment 
comes from our recognition that there is success defined beyond the 
eventual dominance of our species. The overall enjoyment of life and the 
immediate lack of pain and suffering are our yardsticks of accomplish¬ 
ment. While I could go on (and believe me, I would like to), I feel that it 
will serve you best if I simply outline some of my ideas and give a kind of 
reference base for future - 


What then, was the purpose of 
writing such an inflamatory, 
classist, racist antediluvian 
argument. 


columns. 

In terms of taxation, I 
am not your standard 
issue, navy suit, white- 
shir t-and-a-red-tie- 
Republican who believes 
that people fail because 
they do not work hard enough and therefore should share the burden of 
taxes. I realize that many people simply have too many forces working 
against them (racial, social, structural, economic, geographic, etc.) for an 
even playing field to exist. I do not feel that a flat tax best serves the peo¬ 
ple or the economy. However, in its present state, our progressive tax is far 
too general and unspecific. For example, the lower 50 percent of wage 
earners in this country pay only 4 percent of the nation’s taxes. Most 
Republicans use this statistic in promotion of a flat tax. However, I feel 
that since they only contribute 4 percent and have so little money in sav¬ 
ings or investment, why do we even bother? Maybe people in that lower 
range should not get taxed at all? While I do not feel that the middle and 
upper-middle classes should bear the burden of this 4 percent (such as 
they would under present tax structures), I feel that the super-rich ($5 
million or so per year and above) could more than easily assume the 
weight of this extra taxation. Sounds un-Republican does it not? Well 
maybe that is because I am neither a true Republican nor a true 
Democrat. Back to the middle and upper-middle classes. They get hosed 
big-time. If all goes according to plan, I hope to be well-off, yet I still 
would rather take on the extra taxation to make up for tax relief and edu¬ 
cation for the poor than to have the middle and upper-middle classes get 
pulled down yet further. 

One place where I maintain some firm Republican instincts is in the 
estate tax debate. I feel that the generality and unspecific nature of the cur¬ 
rent plan targets small business families and farmers and allows the 
mailing of America to run its course in small towns that need local busi¬ 
nesses to stay alive. However, in terms of pure cash or liquid investment 
inheritance, there is no reason for only the rich to get such a break. Why 
don’t we just make them donate it, tax-free, to a charity of their choice? I 
already have a pretty clear idea of what I am going to do charitably with 
any and all inheritance that I get. I do not plan on needing it and I can cer¬ 
tainly think of some people who might. 

As far as welfare programs go, as long as they are structured in ways 
that they do not prevent people from transcending their poverty, I am all 
for it. The welfare programs that Bill Clinton cut (one of his few good 
moves) previously kept people who wanted to go to school and get jobs 
from doing so due to its fundamental faults. However, I support any and 
all investments in education, proper health care and housing for the poor. 
One step towards encouraging proper health among the less privileged is 
to influence the U.S. government to underwrite the huge sunk-costs 
involved with developing medicines, so that the whole country can share 
the cost of an unseen burden. Right now it is the Medicare system and 
hospitals that must take on this weight alone, while it is really a health-care 
concern that all taxpayers should be supporting. I even feel that if we were 

(see Campus, page 12) 

















Page 12 


OPINIONS 


April 18, 2001 


-_Brian Elworth y ’02- 


A Better SGA/Administration Relationship Needed for Future 


I f elected as SGA president, I will 
focus on fostering choice, trust 
and responsibility, as the advo¬ 
cate for the student body. My pro¬ 
posals as president will ensure that 
the administration provides more 
choices for students, places more 
trust in students in making good 
decisions and gives students more 
responsibilities. 

Serving as this years student co¬ 
chair of Community Council, I 
have gained valuable experience 
and knowledge that is needed to 
represent the student body of 
Middlebury as next year’s SGA 
president. I have demonstrated my 
ability to serve the student body. 
This year I initiated the new alco¬ 
hol/social policy currently operat¬ 
ing at the social houses that extend¬ 
ed social house weekend hours to 2 
a.m. I also participated in the 
process that led to the increase in 
student wages on campus. I am 
running for SGA president because 
students deserve far more choice, 
trust and responsibility than they 
are currently afforded by the 
administration. 

Steps can be taken now to allevi¬ 
ate the parking crunch on campus 


and the transportation troubles of 
students. First, students drive 
around campus and into town 
because they do not have the choice 
to ride on a college-sponsored 
transportation system. With the 
$72,500 generated from parking 
tickets each year, I propose that we 
sponsor a 24-hour shuttle that will 
operate like a taxi 
service. I also 
propose that the 
College use this 
money so that 
students are pro¬ 
vided with free 
weekend transportation to 
Burlington and also around breaks. 
Second, I propose the creation of 
more “15-minute parking” spaces 
on campus at McCullough, 
Johnson, FIC and Bicentennial Hall 
that currently exist as faculty/staff 
spaces. This will allow for students 
to park freely when loading or 
unloading their cars, particularly 
before going home for break, with¬ 
out the fear of being issued a ticket 
or being towed. Third, when 
appealing a parking ticket, students 
should be given the right to address 
the appeals committee in person. 


We should place enough trust in 
students to give them the opportu¬ 
nity, like every licensed driver, to 
present their case to the body that 
makes the ultimate decision on the 
validity of the ticket. 

The administration can no 
longer deny that drinking and dri¬ 
ving occurs among the student 
body. 
Therefore, 
students 
must 
address 
this issue 
and 
encourage responsible choices. 
Aside from a 24-hour transporta¬ 
tion service to and from the center 
of town, further steps should be 
taken to prevent students from get¬ 
ting in cars after consuming alco¬ 
hol. First, I propose that the new 
alcohol and social policy that is 
currently in place for the social 
houses be provided as a choice for 
all parties and social gatherings on 
campus. Students registering par¬ 
ties will then have the choice of 
implementing the new party guide¬ 
lines, which allow parties to run 
until 2 a.m. and also allow for an 


The administration can no 
longer deny that drinking 
and driving occurs among 
the student body. 


Students Advocate Elworthy’s Plan 


I n the past the Student Govern¬ 
ment Association (SGA) has 
stood as a bastion of incompre¬ 
hensible student government. The 
organization seemed to lurk some¬ 
where between the student body 
and the control of the administra¬ 
tion. In truth, perhaps, the SGA it¬ 
self was at a loss as to what its rights 
were and what it was able to ac¬ 
complish without Old 
Chapel’s interference. This 
perception has lead to a po¬ 
litically apathetic student 
body that doesn’t vote in 
SGA elections. Finally, that 
perception is changing. 

In the past year, under 
the leadership of Ben Johns 


The ongoing campaign to offer 
students self-scheduled exams is an 
initiative to make the administra¬ 
tion more aware of the honor of its 
students, an honor that has been 
compromised by what has become 
an almost spectral code. 

Good work has been done this 
year but more work is needed. The 
student body of Middlebury 

Drunk driving still goes on, 
there are numbers to prove it, 
and the manner in which the 
administration addresses it is 
unacceptable to us as friends 
and peers. 


and Brian Elworthy, we have seen a 
marked shift away from the old 
mentality of our student govern¬ 
ment. This year’s SGA Cabinet has 
been able to create policies that 
directly affect the student body by 
not getting bogged down in the 
tired minutiae of decrepit policies 
that had previously alienated the 
students from their representatives. 
The role that SGA took on this year 
was colored by a renewed vigor of 
advocacy for the student body. 
What we have seen has been a fan¬ 
tastic beginning to building a more 
conscientious and rewarding dis¬ 
cussion between the SGA and the 
administration. The numerous 
policies passed this year have been 
helpful and needed and some 
achieve the best of what SGA has to 
offer insofar as they affect our daily 
lives for the better. 

The new alcohol policy has given 
social houses the choice to foster a 
safer and more compelling atmos¬ 
phere for on-campus partying. 

The raise in student wages has 
brought notice to the administra¬ 
tion that students will fight and 
receive the monetary compensation 
that is due to them as part-time 
employees of this institution. 


College is entitled to a set of rights 
that any politically represented 
body of adults is entitled to. 

The alcohol policy must be 
extended to all students of legal age 
so that they have the choice to drink 
responsibly at parties without the 
threat of our current citation policy. 

In that vein, the average student’s 
rapport with Campus Security is 
not a healthy one. In order to repair 
this necessary relationship we sup¬ 
port a student-security forum to be 
co-chaired by a student and securi¬ 
ty officer that allows for an open 
flow of ideas between the student 
body and the men and women who 
protect our safety while on campus. 

It is time that a student leader 
finally addresses the Finance 
Committee. This committee needs 
to be reformed immediately, both in 
terms of its guidelines and its com¬ 
position of membership. 

Drunk driving has claimed too 
painful a price from this campus 
and we need a college-sponsored 
program to present an alternative to 
drinking and driving from and to 
campus. Drunk driving still goes 
on, there are numbers to prove it, 
and the manner in which the 
administration addresses it is unac¬ 


ceptable to us as friends and peers. 

For all these reasons we as mem¬ 
bers of the student body support 
Brian Elworthy for SGA president. 
Brian has proven himself to be an 
advocate of student rights in the 
senate and as co-chair of 
Community Council. Brian has 
run a campaign based on building 
for the future while avoiding small¬ 
er policies that have been used to 
garner votes in the past. Feasibility 
is not a direct result of smaller 
policies; feasibility is a direct result 
of know-how and experience. 
Brian Elworthy has both. 

In our estimation a vote for 
Brian Elworthy is a vote for the 
most experienced person on cam¬ 
pus to become the next student 
body president of Middlebury 
College. Brian’s plans are ambitious 
and necessary and his ability to 
accomplish them is proven. It was 
Brian who led the charge for the 
new drinking policy that is now in 
effect and showing great results. 

We, the undersigned, are in sup¬ 
port of an SGA that will act as an 
advocate for us as students in all our 
rights and safety. We feel it is time 
for respect to be demanded from 
the administration and trust to be 
earned by the student body. We feel 
it is time to address the debilitating 
problem of drunk driving and the 
divisive relationship between stu¬ 
dents and Security. Brian Elworthy 
has spoken to our needs and proven 
his effectiveness. Brian Elworthy 
has earned our vote on Thursday. 

—Jeff Polubinski, Ben LaBolt , 
Saad Kamal , Ginny Hunt , Ann 
Russell Sommerville Johnston , Sumit 
Roy Choudhury ; Scott Roberts, Ryan 
Palsrok, Michelle Mejia , Pat Rose, 
Spencer Taylor ; Lindsay Gardner, 
Pete Albro, Kristie Gonzalez, Nate 
Bruggeman, Brian Clark, Justin 
Drechsler, Heather Collamore, Anne 
Alfano 


additional keg to be registered for 
that hour, at each event that is reg¬ 
istered. This will provide more 
choice for students through late- 
night on-campus activities, and it 
will also place more trust in the 
students to consume alcohol in a 
socially responsible manner and at 
an on-campus location. This poli¬ 
cy has been very successful at the 
social houses, and now every stu¬ 
dent should be trusted to imple¬ 
ment these guidelines at their own 
social gatherings. Second, in the 
near future the new library will 
house a food court. Therefore, The 
Grille should be developed into a 
social center as it was originally 
designed. To provide an alternative 
to off-campus bars, The Grille 
should offer a “college bar” atmos¬ 
phere with perks such as a dollar 
draft night. Students of legal age 
should have the choice to drink in 
an inviting setting on campus 
instead of having to drive off cam¬ 
pus. This proposal will keep stu¬ 
dents on campus and out of cars. 

Security officers should exist to 
protect students; however, we have 
a security force that primarily 
polices students. I want to create a 
Student/Security Officer Relations 
Committee, comprised of student 
advocates and security officers, to 
address student/safety relations 
and such issues as the citation pol¬ 
icy. This committee will be chaired 
by a student on the SGA Cabinet. 
There will be open weekly meet¬ 
ings to discuss concerns. 

The Student Finance 
Committee is faced with the daunt¬ 
ing task of setting and overseeing 
the budgets of all our student orga¬ 
nizations. Each year the Finance 
Committee approves hundreds of 
funding requests. However, there 
have been numerous, legitimate 


complaints over the last few years 
regarding the inability of organiza¬ 
tions to receive funding that is 
absolutely necessary to fulfill the 
mission of the organization. There 
is no doubt that experience is an 
integral component of the Finance 
Committee. In order to diversify 
the perspectives of its members, I 
will appoint the chair of the 
Finance Committee and ensure 
that the Finance Committee is 
comprised of members that will 
hold a broader range of opinions. 
In addition, we will work within 
budgeting limits to provide student 
organizations with the choice of 
allocating a percentage of their 
funding for food and other 
requests that are difficult to fund. 

It is insulting that students are 
not given a choice on academic 
policy. Currently, there is inade¬ 
quate student voice on the 
Education Affairs Committee. I 
propose that we fuse the Student 
Education Affairs Committee and 
the Faculty Education Affairs 
Committee so that student mem¬ 
bers can advocate student perspec¬ 
tives with a real voice and a real 
vote. Furthermore, I want to have a 
student member of the EAC in the 
SGA Cabinet in order to keep the 
SGA, and more importantly the 
student body, more informed. 

There were people last year who 
doubted my proposals. Yet look at 
how far we have come in one year. 
The record shows that I accomplish 
in office what I promise in a cam¬ 
paign. These ideas can and will be 
achieved if I am elected president 
of the SGA. If you support having 
more choices and having greater 
trust being placed in your fellow 
students by the administration, 
than I encourage you on April 19 to 
vote Brian Elworthy for president. 


Column’s Joke Causes 
Constructive Thinking 


(continued from page 11) 
to underwrite these types of 
research costs, the development of 
new drugs would not have only the 
needs of those who can pay in 
mind. Research could occur simply 
for the sake of research without the 
need to take into account who will 
buy these drugs. 

Finally, I would like to clear up a 
few terms that I use quite often. 
When I speak of the rich, I general¬ 
ly mean those who have the most 
money. However, I believe that the 


goals established by our founding 
fathers had more to do with happi¬ 
ness. Happiness is not necessarily 
wealth and wealth is not necessarily 
happiness. If one has everything 
that he or she needs or desires, then 
he or she is much better off in my 
book than a wealthy person with all 
the means in the world but nothing 
that makes him or her happy. I hope 
this explanation has taught you as 
much about me as it has taught me 
about some of you. And I promise, 
no more tricks. 


Finding a Home for 
Midd’s Homeless 


(continued from page 11) 
were rejected. This left Pearsons, 
since Battell will remain fresh¬ 
men housing and requesting 
housing in Forest for sophomores 
seemed unreasonable. 

The problem of seniority is a 
significant one. It is an issue that 
needs to be respected. However, 
ensuring housing in the commu¬ 
nity where Cooks Commons 
freshmen were settled into, wel¬ 
comed and encouraged to make 
their home also appears to be an 
important issue. As I near the end 


of my first year at Middlebury, it 
appears that Middlebury is 
meant to feel like less than a place 
to eat, sleep study and more like a 
home. While the definition of 
home may be broad, and even 
impossible to define, it obviously 
means more than just a place to 
eat, sleep and seek shelter. 
Therefore, as long as Middlebury 
is referred to as a home for nine 
months of the year by more than 
2,000 students, then it seems 
important that no one feels 
homeless. 





















April 18,2001 


OPINIONS 


Page 13 


-Kafvfl Levitan ’02- 

Sharon’s Role in Mid-East Crisis Misrepresented 


L et me make one thing clear: 
although this is a response to 
Wasim Rahmans article in 
the April 11 Campus , I have no in¬ 
tentions to defend Amichai 
Kilchevsky’s article (which was crit¬ 
icized by Wasim), simply because I 
have no time to look into the 
archives and actually read the flam¬ 
ing lines that so enraged Wasim 
Rahman. I also have no intentions 
of whitewashing Ariel Sharon’s do¬ 
ings, both of old and of new. In¬ 
stead, my goal is to point out the 
immense hypocrisy 
and voluntary omis¬ 
sion of facts in 
Wasim’s article. Let’s 
begin, shall we? 

Wasim states: 

“...Sharon’s history 
and current provocative acts which 
undeniably make him a leader who 
will only bring more oppression 
and injustice for Palestinians in the 
region...” 

Funny how it escaped Wasim’s 
mind that Sharon was elected on a 
wave of Israeli desperation caused 
by Arafat’s unwillingness to so 
much as make a counter-offer at the 
Camp David (not even talking 
about appreciation of Barak’s far- 
reaching concessions), and the sub¬ 
sequent Palestinian violence. I also 
suspect that if the Israeli Arabs 
came to the voting booths on the 
day of elections, instead of boy¬ 
cotting the elections altogether, the 
outcome might have been different. 
As to Sharon’s history, I’ve already 
said that I’m not going to try to jus¬ 
tify what he did. My only answer is: 
during the elections, there was no 
viable alternative. Not an extremely 
satisfying answer, but then again, 
we do not live in an ideal world. 
Concerning “current provocative 
acts,” however, I can with all hon¬ 
esty say that every single military 
move Sharon has made was a 
response to a Palestinian act— 
whether a car stoning, a murder of a 
baby or a mortar attack. 

Wasim states: “Sharon’s peace 
will be one that does not result from 
compromise or mediation. His 


peace will result from an intensifi¬ 
cation of standing policies of col¬ 
lective punishment, designed to 
cripple all aspects of Palestinian 
society.” 

Good one, Wasim. Maybe if you 
read something other than 
Palestinian Times online, you’ll real¬ 
ize that Sharon is more than willing 
to negotiate. The only problem is 
that Sharon is unwilling to negoti¬ 
ate under fire; that is, his precondi¬ 
tion to further negotiations is cessa¬ 
tion of hostile activities, whether 


stoning, sniping, fire-bombing or 
shelling. Flip to Merriam-Webster’s 
Collegiate Dictionary: extort: to 
obtain from a person by force, 
intimidation or undue or illegal 
power. Sounds like a match, don’t 
you think? Who can blame Sharon 
for not wanting to operate under 
extortion? As to the collective pun¬ 
ishment: first of all, Wasim, I didn’t 
hear you protesting suicide bomb¬ 
ings in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and 
Netanya. What is a bombing, how¬ 
ever, if not collective punishment? 
Bombs do not differentiate between 
old and young, combatant and non- 
combatant, leftist and rightist. I 
hear someone say that two wrongs 
don’t make a right, and to that per¬ 
son I reply: you’re absolutely cor¬ 
rect. Here’s another idea: if a town is 
a nest of terrorist activity, how do 
you deal with it? Since the Oslo, 
Israelis are not supposed to enter 
certain areas of West Bank and 
Gaza; however, if the local govern¬ 
ment does nothing to stop the ter¬ 
rorists, what are the options? The 
practice of targeting individuals has 
received international condemna¬ 
tion; the only other alternative is to 
make sure those individuals don’t 
get out of their hideouts and sneak 
into Israel proper. 

Wasim states: “He [Sharon] con¬ 
cluded his remarks by saying that 


the most effective approach to 
peace is to 

‘level an entire village; row after 
row.’” 

If not for your history of misrep¬ 
resentation, Wasim, I would have 
been surprised by the obvious falsi¬ 
fication: Sharon talked about the 
practice of leveling houses only in 
reference to quelling the shooting 
that comes from the doors and win¬ 
dows of the houses; how would you 
propose to stop the shooting? The 
residents of the “illegal Jewish set¬ 
tlement” (as if the 
fact that the settle¬ 
ment is illegal 
makes it legal for 
Palestinians to 
shoot at it) took up 
the practice of cov¬ 
ering their windows with wooden 
shields. I have a question for you: is 
forcing people to live under con¬ 
stant fear of bullets not a collective 
punishment? Why don’t I hear you 
criticize that? 

Wasim states: “If Palestinians 
continue their incendiary rock 
throwing and protests against occu¬ 
pation, he said he would impose 
‘unilateral separation,’ which would 
essentially annex large sections of 
the occupied territories.” 

Where have you been lately, 
Wasim? Even the most biased pub¬ 
lications have finally admitted that 
the myth of a poor Palestinian 
armed with rocks vs. an evil Israeli 
soldier armed with automatic 
weapons is 1 .. .well, a myth. Do you 
mean to tell me that Israelis in the 
Negev mistook stones to be mortar 
shells? Or that the 10-month-old 
Shalhevet Pass was shot in the head 
by a sniper who was using a 
... rock? I don’t know who brought 
a stack of “CAMERA (Committee 
for Accuracy in Middle East 
Reporting in America) On 
Campus” copies to the mailroom, 
but I do thank that person with all 
my heart. Maybe you could get a 
hold of one, Wasim, and flip 
through it. I could even give you my 
copy. As to the “unilateral separa¬ 
tion,” Ariel Sharon in an interview 


with Haaretz said: “I see no possibil¬ 
ity of separation. I don’t believe in 
the idea of us here and them there. 
In my opinion, that possibility does 
not exist in practical terms.” As I 
already said, try reading something 
other than the Palestinian Times. 
You might get a glimpse of reality. 

Wasim states (all indentation 
mine): “In 1982, Israel launched an 
invasion of southern Lebanon to 
remove Palestinian refugees who 
had taken to guerilla warfare in the 
hope to somehow return to their 
villages.” Later, he says, “Sharon 
helped arm and train Lebanese 
Rightist Phalangist mercenaries, 
who massacred as many as 3,000 
Palestinian refugees in the Sabra 
and Shatilla refugee camps.” 

Looks like if you’re a Palestinian 
and you kill people, you’re still sim¬ 
ply a “refugee.” If you’re not a 
Palestinian and you kill people, 
you’re a “mercenary.” Interesting. By 
the way, Wasim, the PLO has trained 
dozens of terrorist groups, includ¬ 
ing the FLN in Algeria and RAF in 
Germany. Did you forget to men¬ 
tion that, or did you just deem it too 
damaging to your rhetoric? 

Wasim states: “Last fall, his 
[Sharon’s] provocative walk 
through the Noble Sanctuary com¬ 
pound in Jerusalem, during which 
he was accompanied by hundreds of 
military guards, is cited as the pre¬ 
cipitating cause of the Al-Aqsa 
uprising.” 

Forgive me for repeating myself, 
but I simply must inquire again: 
where have you been all this time, 
Wasim? It has been proven time and 
time again, and even the PA officials 
said that the intifada has been 
planned beforehand. Here’s what 
Newsday has to say about it: 
“Palestinian officials contend that 
Palestinians rose up in spontaneous 
anger in September when Israeli 
hard-line politician — and now 
Prime Minister-elect — Ariel 
Sharon visited the disputed 
Jerusalem holy site known to the 
Jews as the Temple Mount and to 
Palestinian Muslims as... the Noble 
Sanctuary.” 

But, in remarks reported by the 
Associated Press, Falouji said it was a 
mistake to think that this was the 
cause for the uprising. Instead, he 
said, it was planned after the failure 
of last summer’s peace summit at 
Camp David, which was brokered 
by then President Bill Clinton. He 
said the uprising “had been planned 
since Chairmen Arafat’s return 
from Camp David, when he... 
rejected” American pressure for 
Palestinian concessions as part of a 
peace deal. 

I could go on and on, but what’s 
the point? My main objective - to 
point out the lack of intellectual 
honesty in Wasim’s article - has 
been achieved, I hope. I only have 
one advice for you, Wasim - the 
next time you “publicly beseech 
Kilchevsky to realize that part of his 
education here at Middlebury is to 
try to understand the complexities 
of such difficult issues and to pursue 
sincere academic inquiry,” remem¬ 
ber that this call applies to you, too, 
and try from time to time to peek 
out of that intellectual obscurity in 
which you voluntarily placed your¬ 
self. 


Pooh 

Corner 


-Benji Perm ’0i- 

At the end of my sophomore 
year, my plans to ride a bicycle 
across the country crumpled 
beneath the reality of a leg injury 
In late May, instead of pedaling 
past the finger lakes, 1 was sitting 
on my parents’ back porch, seri¬ 
ously concerned as to whether I 
could preserve my sanity while 
living at home all summer. 

While making an orderly list 
of all the things that could prof¬ 
itably take up every minute of my 
spare time, a phone rang through 
the midday heat. It was Andy, my 
good friend from high school, 
and he had a job offer for me to 
work with him at camp Tawonga, 
a Jewish summer camp just out¬ 
side of Yosemite National Park. 
Since being a stock boy at Trader 
Joe’s was my only other viable job 
option at the time, I accepted 
immediately. 

Camp Tawonga, as I soon 
found out, is just like any other 
sleep-away summer camp, 
whether it be in the White 
Mountains or the Sierra 
Nevada’s: we sang the crawdad 
song, enjoyed second helpings of 
Cat Stevens at campfire, and 
ridiculed campers (kindly, of 
course) on their birthdays. 

Unlike most summer camps, 
however, because of our Jewish 
religious affiliation, the camp 
administrators scheduled 
Shabbat services and activities 
every Saturday ~ to the chagrin 
of many bored campers and anti¬ 
organized religion staff members 
(see California Hippies). 

On one such Shabbat morn¬ 
ing, when Andy and I happened 
to be co-counselors, we were sit¬ 
ting in the shade near our bunk 
arguing the virtues and vices of 
vegetarianism with some of our 
campers - we were prompted by 
that morning’s Torah portion, 
which included the Kosher 
dietary laws. 

The sermon, which in part 
ranted against the cattle industry, 
really got Andy in the goat (he 
was already a little cranky about 
being woken up earlier than nec¬ 
essary that morning). He 
argued, “What the hell is up with 
that? Why should we demonize 
anyone because of their eating 
habits? Who says that eating 
pork, or shrimp, or even red 
meat, is wrong? Why?” 

I proposed that by restricting 
our diets, we’re not necessarily 
protecting ourselves from any 
kind of health risk or unclean 
animal, but, in essence, setting 
ourselves apart from the world - 
reminding ourselves that we’re 
Jewish. 

“To what effect?” he asked, 
and proceeded with a scalding 
indictment of organized religion, 
in particular Judaism, as merely 
political tools used to justify vio¬ 
lence and to control masses of 
humanity An aspiring Orthodox 
Jew was nearby (thank God) to 
take the hotseat, which I gladly 
passed on to him. 

I remember thinking, as Andy 
(see Pondering , page 14) 


Experience, Innovation Central to SGA 


(continued from page 10) 

hours, and a ‘bar-type’ setting at The Grille is likely to 
promote a safer and more responsible drinking atmos¬ 
phere. The Community Council, under Elworthy’s 
leadership, has already undertaken pilot projects to 
this effect by introducing party hours for social-hous¬ 
es and mandatory TIPS training. 

The parking and 
transportation poli¬ 
cies proposed by 
Elworthy offer a 
short-term solution 
alternative to what has 
been a perpetual issue. In the absence of new parking 
spaces within the next year orjwo, the introduction of 
15-minute parking spaces certainly appears as an 
innovative and accommodating solution. Formation of 
a Parking Appeals Committee can potentially improve 
Student-Security relations if given the adequate discre¬ 
tionary powers. As for a 24-Hour Shuttle Service, it 
would certainly promote a more environmentally- 
friendly mode of transportation by reducing the fre¬ 
quency of motor vehicle use that goes on around cam¬ 
pus. However, the financial feasibility of the Service is 
yet to be discovered. Last year, the College sponsored a 
test run of the electric campus-bus. The response to 
that project was mild. 


Elworthy mentions increased financial support to 
student organizations as one of his main campaign 
planks. He has, in the past, demonstrated his commit¬ 
ment to broader representation and perspectives on 
the Finance Committee. I have had a chance to work 
with Elworthy on addressing the policies and the 
structure of the Finance Committee. It will be interest¬ 
ing to see how he plans to specifically 
reassess the objectives and funding poli¬ 
cies of the Committee without disturb¬ 
ing the healthy working relationship it 
has had with the student organizations 
this year. 

In conclusion, Ayinde brings in a breath of fresh air 
into the election campaign with new issues that need to 
be addressed by the SGA in the years to come. In his 
position as SGA Senator he had had the opportunity to 
address several of those. However, it is unfortunate to 
note that his accomplishments thus far do not weigh as 
heavily as his proposals. On the other hand, Elworthy 
demonstrates an impressive track record, and most of 
his proposals are boast a continuity with the issues he 
has addressed during his tenure as SC-COCC. 
Therefore, I find Brian Elworthy to be the most quali¬ 
fied candidate for President. 

—Fahim Ahmen is an SGA senator. 


Brian's plans are ambitous 
and necessary and his ability 
to accomplish them is proven. 


Looks like if you're a Palestinian and you kill 
people, you're still simply a "refugee." If 
you're not a Palestinian and you kill people 
you're a "mercenary" 















Page 14 

-Danny Choi '01- 


OPINIONS 


April 18, 2001 


Superiors’ Need to Teach World Who’s the Boss 


he following is an imaginary 
interview. 

Danny, your article from last 
week really shocked me. I cant believe 
you tlaimed that democratic ideas 
were the greatest poison inflicted 
upon Western Thought. What else is 
going on in your mind? 

Well, what you just said reminds 
me of one of my favorite paintings. 
Its an image of an Irish farm - a 
potato farm to be precise. In the 
foreground is a large, old work¬ 
horse. It was once a fine racing 
horse, but backwards, less-than- 
bright Irish peasants yoked it to a 
mule. These peasants forced it to toil 
the soil with its inferior companion. 

In short, this is what democracy 
does to the world’s fine horses. It ties 
yokes onto them and forces them to 
cooperate with mules. It bleeds stal¬ 
lions of their natural talent and tries 
to convince them that they are just 
as pathetic as mules. 

Consider this: did you ever have a 
stupid kid in one of your classes? 
And because of this stupid kid, did 


your class take a slower pace? In 
other words, was your stallion- 
nature hindered for the sake of a 
mule? Or - were you the mule? 

Wow. Do you feel sorry for the 
stallion? 

Good question. Yes, I do. Inferior 
people - and mules - are so evil that 
they lie to superior people - and 
stallions. Inferiors tell superiors that 
all people are born equal, that 
everyone has the same rights, that 
everyone should share everything. 

Unfortunately, superiors started 
believing inferiors and accepted 
these democratic principles. 
Stallions - wooed by the lies of 
mules - accepted their yoke. They 
proclaimed,“Okay, my brother - my 
equal, my same - I shall toil along¬ 
side you. I shall work for the better¬ 
ment of us both.” 

Superiors were lied to. We must 
undo this. We must free the stallions 
of their yoke and allow them to 
reach their full potential. 

What you said seems pretty 
abstract. I need some examples. Last 


week you mentioned the Commons 
and the SGA. What else? 

Take for example, the China situ¬ 
ation. The United States is a stallion. 
China is a mule. I do not see why a 
superior should bow to an inferior. 
In all truth, we did not apologize to 
the Chinese the way they wanted us 
to. However, we did utter the word 
“sorry.” I find this to be a shame. 

I like Gen. MacArthur because he 
would have never let this happen. 
He had a ‘let’s-show-them-who’s- 
boss attitude’ that I deeply respect. 
Gen. Macarthur would say: “We are 
sick of treating you as our diplomat¬ 
ic equal, you silly rice-eaters! We can 
crush you. And we will.” 

It's obvious that you respect 
Douglas MacArthur. Who else? 

American westerners and Israeli 
West-Bank settlers. They come to a 
land that is already settled and 
decide to take it for themselves. 
They conclude: I would rather have 
Disneyland than a teepee, and I 
would rather have a citrus grove 
than a Palestinian village. So, they 


take the teepee or the village and 
shape it according to their will. They 
become artists. They become gallant 
horses that absorb others’ resources 
and create works of art: Disneyland 
and Jewish settlements. They 
become supermen. 

Are you saying you support the 
removal of Native Americans from the 
American landscape and Palestinians 
from the West Bank because might 
equals right? 

Yes. 

Wow, any thoughts on 
Middlebury? 

Actually, yes. The College offered 
the town money to build a new 
municipal building - the current one 
is dilapidated. The town was offend¬ 
ed because they thought the college 
was acting like a fat cat - they 
accused the College of thinking it 
can buy whatever it wants, including 


the town. Knowing that feelings may 
be hurt, the College was gentle 
throughout the process, not forcing 
anything. 

This is the wrong attitude. The 
College is a fat cat. It is also a stallion. 
It should do as it pleases. Let us crush 
the town. If the town hates us, let us 
hate them back. Let’s see where all of 
the high school kids would go to play 
computer games, to skateboard or to 
walk their dogs if the College erected 
a brick wall around it (hopefully one 
covered with ivy and wisteria). And 
if they resent us even more, let us see 
how they would feel if we had guard 
towers at 50 intervals. 

We should not be polite. We 
should be strong. We should cast 
aside our yokes and kick our mule- 
companion in the rear. We should 
show our pathetic brethren their 
place. 


Pondering the Reality of 
the Existence of God 



A Little Taste of Reality 

-8 

.uth Howell‘01 and Lisa Engelstein ’01 - 

Chew on This: 




1998 Leading Causes of Death 

in the United States 

Causes of death 

Number 

Deaths per 100,000 population. 

All causes 

2,337, 

256 

864.7 

1. Diseases of heart 

724,859 

268.2 

2. Malignant tumors 

541,532 

200.3 

3. Cerebrovascular diseases 

158,448 

■ 58.6 

4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary 




diseases and allied conditions 

112,584 

41*7 - 

5. Accidents and adverse effects 

97,832 

36.2 

Motor vehicle accidents 

43,501 

16.1 . .. ' : : 

Other accidents 

54,334 

20.1 

6. Pneumonia and influenza 

91,834 

’ : : . 34.0 

7. Diabetes mellitus * ; 

64,751 

24.0 

, " '■ ; 

8.$ucide 

30,575 

11.3 • 

9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome 



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and nephrosis 

26,182 

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10. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 25,192 

: 93 ■ 

11. All other causes 

463,427 

171.5 

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Our Digestion: 




Did you know that the leading cause of death for both men and women is heart disease? And that more women 
die from cardiovascular disease each year than men? It is the silent epidemic among women. Our perception of 
disease prevalence is shaped by the media, particularly medical and pharmaceutical industries, which advertise 
using scare tactics to promote their products and procedures The body has become a commodity from which 
industries profit With every body function and process that has become medicalized we not only gain more psy¬ 
chological problems as a society, but the medical and pharmaceutical recognize these vulnerabilities and propose 

for-profit “solutions ” 



.. - /> SS&s I s ' m ■ Wmm 1 

How should funding for medical research be determined? Should it be based on the number of people who 
die annually from the diseases and/or should disease severity—contagiousness and fatality—be factored into the 

decision? Currently billions of dollars 

are invested in AIDS research, although approximately only 41,000 

Americans die of AIDS yearly. This is compelling considering is not one of the top 10 causes of death. Perhaps the 

significant budget for AIDS is a reaction to the global AIDS epidemic and/or grassroots AIDS activism in the 
United States. Should we focus on preventative measures rather than reactive treatments after the disease has been 

contracted? As a society, we prefer to be reactive rather than proactive: instead of leading healthy lifestyles to pre¬ 

vent diseases, we’d rather wait until we develop an illness and pop a pill. 

This characteristic is not limited to the medical reaim but pervades all aspects of our society. 


(continued from page 13) 
frenzied forth with his argument, 
that I didn’t know where that anger 
came from, since Judaism seemed 
pretty swell: Shabbat, Passover, and 
the High Holy Days are some of my 
favorite times of the year. 

Almost two years have passed 
since that day, however, and in the 
last few months I’ve lifted Andy’s 
argument off a dusty shelf and 
begun to understand his frustra¬ 
tion for the first time. 

You see, I have the good fortune 
to be in Ms. Bakhos’ Hebrew Bible 
religion class, and as you may sus¬ 
pect, we read the scripture known 
to most people as the Old 
Testament. 

For the first time ever, even with 
all my Hebrew school and Sunday 
school classes, I’m reading through 
the five books of Moses, the 
Prophets, and the Writings (though 
I’m a little behind right now). And 
I can’t believe the crazy stuff that 
goes on - prostitution, vengeful 
murder, human sacrifice, and more. 
And for the first time, I’m finding 
out about, and then becoming con¬ 
cerned with the God of the Bible. 

In part, I object to many of this 
character’s decisions and com¬ 
mandments, like “you shall not lie 
with a man as with a woman, it is an 
abomination,” a law which directly 
precedes God’s condemnation of 
bestiality (Leviticus 18:22). Such a 
law might serve as a litmus test 
against the religion as a whole, in 
that it arguably rejects some of its 
members because of their sexual 
preference. But while such details 
bother me, they are not my prima¬ 
ry concern. It is God’s covenant 
which alienates me most. 

The Jews (a.k.a. the ancestors of 
Jesus and his Disciples), were led to 
the Promised Land by Moses, as 
many of us know. What you may 
not know is that the land of Canaan 
was full of other people when the 
Israelites arrived. The book of 
Joshua, and part of Judges, narrates 
how God led the Israelites to victo¬ 
ry in the land of milk and honey. 
God’s victory, of course, was noth¬ 
ing short of attempted genocide. In 
Numbers 33:55, God says, “But if 
you do not drive out the inhabi¬ 
tants of the land before you, then 


those whom you let remain shall be 
as barbs in your eyes and thorns in 
your sides.” 

This commandment is presum¬ 
ably the Israelites’ justification for 
bloody destruction in the book of 
Joshua, in which the Israelite 
armies murder every man, woman, 
child, and livestock in every town 
that they conquer. At one point, 
God even suspends the sun in the 
sky so the slaughter can continue 
for longer than a normal day’s 
length. 

My problem, after reading thus 
far, is that I’m not so sure I want 
anything to do with the God of the 
Old Testament, who condones 
genocide and massacre. I’ll even go 
so far as to appropriate a com¬ 
pelling argument made by Elie 
Schecter in my Bible class: the 
book of Joshua, with a special focus 
on the story of Jericho, is a tale told 
by the victor. Of course the con¬ 
queror uses divine intervention and 
guidance as the focus of their war 
stories - it justifies obliterating vil¬ 
lages of people from the landscape 
and stealing their land. When I 
consider secular arguments like 
this, the God of the bible falls from 
the idea of a jealous, exclusive deity 
to a fiction created to mollify the 
guilty psyche of bloody victors. 
And perhaps that’s where he should 
be. 

Just last week, amidst my theo¬ 
logical crisis, Andy came up to 
Middlebury to spend Passover with 
me. At the seder meal, during a 
break in the conversation, I said, 
“I’ve been reading the bible lately, 
and I really have a problem with 
one of the characters. His name is 
God.” Andy began to smirk as he 
realized I was arguing his own 
cause of two years ago. When I fin¬ 
ished, the whole table met my vehe¬ 
ment statements with a certain and 
uncomfortable silence. Perhaps the 
seder table was not exactly the place 
to blasphemy God - or maybe the 
gefilte fish wasn’t sitting well with 
them. But indignant, as I often 
become when I realize my opinion 
isn’t welcome, I concluded what I 
had to say with even more energy 
than before, “If I cannot believe in 
the Hebrew Bible, the heart of our 
religion, then what else matters?” 














April 18,2001 


FEATURES 


Page 15 


Kuadey Takes Action, Breaks Silence Surrounding AIDS in Africa 




File Photo/Andrew Corrigan 

Earth Week has always been an integral part of raising awareness about the environment at Middlebury. 


By Claire Bourne 

_ Features Editor _ 

Just over a year ago Kwame 
Kuadey ’01 read an article about 
AIDS in USA Today that revealed 
several “shocking” statistics per¬ 
taining to the disease’s assault on 
Africa. Unable to ignore the num¬ 
bers, he promptly logged onto the 
Internet to confirm his findings. He 
searched Time.com, CNN.com and 
numerous other news organiza¬ 
tions’ Web sites where he uncov¬ 
ered, at most, packages of images 
and arti¬ 
cles that 
illustrat¬ 
ed the 
epidem¬ 
ic’s tragic 
toll. De¬ 
spite 
gaining 
“a fair 
idea of 
what was going on,” he soon real¬ 
ized that the World Wide Web 
lacked what he was looking for - a 
centralized site dealing with AIDS 
in Africa. 

In light of the growing crisis in 
southern Africa and its imminent 
spread to West Africa, Kuadey 
knew that something needed to be 
done. He soon embarked on the 
endeavor of creating a comprehen¬ 
sive Web site complete with statis¬ 
tics, articles and photographs from 
numerous Western and African 


news sources, updates about AIDS 
conferences, links to other AIDS- 
related sites on the Internet and 
links to volunteer and activist orga¬ 
nizations. 

The Web site’s mission statement 
reads: “Our extensive Web site gives 
thousands of visitors perspectives 
on HIV and AIDS in Africa based 
on scientific studies, government 
reports, journal publications and 
news reports from a variety of well- 
respected sources.” 

After hours of researching news 
articles 
and -im¬ 
portant 
statistics, 
compiling 
pertinent 
informa¬ 
tion - and 
images, 
writing 
pages of 
copy and crafting a user-friendly 
site, Kuadey launched aid- 
sandafrica.com on the Web in April 
2000. 

He admitted that the process was 
grueling. He explained, for exam¬ 
ple, that UNAIDS had statistics em¬ 
bedded in a 50-page document that 
no everyday person would take the 
time to read and that therefore he 
“had to extract what was relevant.” 

He has spent months surfing the 
Net for the most recent news and 
photographs, “constantly updating” 


Now is the time to publicize the 
site. I feel comfortable about pre¬ 
senting this to the community. 
[AIDS in Africa] is a topic I'm so 
passionate about and one that 
grows more complex every day. 

—Kwame Kuadey '01 


the page as new information be¬ 
comes available. For instance, the 
site’s homepage currently features 
articles about the heated dispute 
over the distribution and price of 
AIDS drugs in South Africa - a 
topic visible in national and inter¬ 
national news. “I’m trying to keep 
up with the ongoing debate. I don’t 
want to get left behind,” he de¬ 


clared. 

“Now is the time to publicize the 
site,” he affirmed during an inter¬ 
view with The Campus one year after 
the initial version was posted.“I feel 
comfortable about presenting this 
to the community. It is a topic I’m 
so passionate about, and one that 
grows more complex every day,” he 
continued. 


A native of Ghana who has wit¬ 
nessed friends and community 
members succumb to AIDS, 
Kuadey advocates action in the 
fight against the disease. His site’s 
slogan, located next to an AIDS rib¬ 
bon in the top left-hand corner of 
each page of the site, proclaims, 
“Action, Not Silence.” 

The Web page’s mission state¬ 
ment declares the intent “to use the 
Web as a tool to help break the cul¬ 
ture of silence surrounding AIDS 
in Africa.” 

Kaudey hopes that aid- 
sandafrica.com’s easy accessibility 
(it is listed on such search engines 
as Yahoo, AOL, Netscape and 
Google) will promote awareness 
and inspire people to “weigh down 
on the debates and understand is¬ 
sues.” He continued, “Through the 
Internet we can champion this 
cause. [This technology] is an im¬ 
petus for change.” 

The site’s agenda asserts, “No 
one needs to become a full-time 
AIDS activist to get involved in the 
fight against AIDS in Africa.” 
Kuadey maintained,“Through pro¬ 
viding resources to people who 
have access to the Internet, some 
will relate to the issues and initiate 
change through action such as di¬ 
recting help to where it’s needed.” 

Links to African media sources 
offer a first-hand and seldom con¬ 
sidered perspective on the epidem¬ 
ic. They also force visitors to the 
site to consider what is being done 
on the continent to alleviate AIDS’ 
heavy hand. “Government and 
community action in Africa is es¬ 
sential,” he elucidated. “The people 
and governments [of West African 
countries] are lax because they 
don’t see the disease in their com¬ 
munities. It is going to overwhelm 
countries like Ghana if something 
is not done.” 

David Eaton, instructor in an¬ 
thropology, said that he “has had 
the chance to see the site and learn 
from it.” He called attention to the 
site’s “excellent detail” and termed it 
“a comprehensive set of resources.” 

“This shows what someone who 
is motivated and who has mastered 
this technology can do,” he contin¬ 
ued. 

When asked about the Web site’s 
(see Web, page 20) 


Kwame Kuadey ’01 has developed the 


internet's first comprehensive web site 


Nikki Holland 

dealing with AIDS in Africa. 


Middlebury’s Green Campus Celebrates Earth Week 

Events Kick Off With Thoreau Up in the Woods > First Annual Writing Festival 


By Deborah Jones 

Staff Writer 

Middlebury’s annual Earth Week celebrations received an original 
kick off Saturday afternoon with the College’s first Nature Writing Fes¬ 
tival. The event, organized and sponsored by the Thoreau Up in the 
Woods Writing Club, allowed participants to share their own creative 
works with other students interested in literature and the environment. 

Luke Farrell ’03, 
one of the club’s co¬ 
presidents, felt that 
the activity had “a 
pretty idecent 

turnout,” especially in 
light of the absence of 
a portion of the pupils 
and faculty due to the 
holiday weekend. Ap¬ 
proximately 15 stu¬ 
dent authors gathered 
in the Gamut Room 
and Gifford Am¬ 
phitheater for an open 
reading of their 
works, most of which, 

Farrell explained, had 
to do with “our own 
experiences and per¬ 
sonal relationships 
with the natural 
world.” 

Students were not 
the only ones in¬ 
volved in the festival. 

According to Farrell, 
one of the highlights 
of the day occurred 
when Stephen Trombulak, professor of biology and environmental stud¬ 
ies here at Middlebury, shared some of his written reflections. Most of 
Trombulak’s material was inspired by his time spent in Australia while 
on sabbatical last fall. 

Earth Week awareness and celebrations will continue through this 
weekend with a series of lectures, outdoor barbeques (assuming the 
weather doesn’t turn snowy again), concerts and community service ac¬ 
tivities planned by the Student Government Association’s Environmen¬ 
tal Council, activist group Environmental Quality (EQ), the Center for 
the Fine Arts, academic departments and other campus groups. 

Remaining events include this afternoon’s “Panel on Global Climate 


Change,” a discussion of causes and effects of as well as potential solu¬ 
tions to the warming of the earth. Among those speaking will be pro¬ 
fessors Rich Wolfson (physics) and Spirit and Nature founder Paul Bortz. 

Tomorrow, the campus is invited to the Freeman International Cen¬ 
ter lawn to sample the local foods and organic produce of Vermont at a 
special dinner barbeque organized by Russ Hulst of Middining and 
Monument Dairy Farms. 

Later in the 
evening, interested in¬ 
dividuals can head 
over to the Robert A. 
Jones ’59 House to for 
a discussion of moti¬ 
vational book Warn¬ 
ing - This Book May 
Change Your Lifel 
Saving Oneself and 
the World Through 
the Work of Imagina¬ 
tion with distin¬ 
guished author and 
Harvard English Pro¬ 
fessor Lawrence Buell. 

On Thursday, Fri¬ 
day, Saturday and 
Sunday, the Middle¬ 
bury community will 
be treated to “Paper 
Mass,” an art display 
coordinated by Brian 
Guercio ’01 examin¬ 
ing resource use and 
recycling at the Col¬ 
lege. Exhibits may be 
viewed at Proctor 
Dining Hall, the Mc¬ 
Cullough Student Center and Voter and Bicentennial Halls. 

The weekend brings a celebration of the environment through dance 
with evening performances of “We Live Here, We Work Here,” produced 
by Senior Jareb Kletz. Tickets may be purchased through the CFA Box 
Office. 

Middlebury’s celebrations will culminate Sunday with the College’s of¬ 
ficial Earth Day. Featured events on April 21 include an afternoon com¬ 
munity service effort to restore school nature trails as well as an all-day 
music extravaganza sponsored by Cook Commons (as part of the Cook- 
stock festival) and The Mill. This 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. concert, called 
“Hanalei,” will take place on McCullough Field. 





























Page 16 


FEATURES 


April 18,2001 


What 

About 

Bob? 



By Bob Wainwright 

Sports Editor 

There is no doubt in my 
mind that what 1 like most 
about Easter are the Easter egg 
hunts. You see, ever since I was 
a young lad, 1 have had a knack, 
not just for finding hidden 
candy on Easter Sunday, but 
also for retrieving it quicker 
than any child I have ever met. 

Now, I know what you’re 
thinking. YouYe thinking,‘‘Bob, 
Eve heard about how many 
times you've tripped over your 
own shoelaces. How could it 
possibly be that you are an ex¬ 
cellent Easter egg hunter?” Well, 
allow me to inform you. 

First of all, it’s vital that I 
wear sneakers. A lot of kids’ par¬ 
ents force them to wear penny 
loafers or pretty white sandals. 
Moreover, the boys are often 
hampered by slacks that have 
not quite been worn-in and 
blazers that are tight under the 
armpits. And the girls wear 
dresses that they are absolutely 
intent on not dirtying. 

if youYe an intelligent per¬ 
son, it should not be hard to tell 
that right there, before the race 
has even begun, I have an ad¬ 
vantage. While my adversaries 
wear uncomfortable clothes and 
shoes, I intelligently don my 
Nikes and a pair of running 
shorts. 

This brings me to my second 
point, which is this: If you view 
the other kids searching for 
Easter candy as your friends or 
peers, you’ve already lost. In¬ 
stead, it is vital that you view 
them as an Army officer views 
the enemy. You must disregard 
all ties you may haw with those 
joining you in the hunt, until 
you have picked up every last 
piece of chocolate within the ra¬ 
dius of the allotted Easter egg 
hunting area. 

The inherent problem with 
having Easter egg hunts as one’s 
um... forte, shall we say, is that 
the number of participants 
tends to decrease with age. Now 
that I am almost 21, or 23 if you 
go by my I.D. that I loaned to 
the bouncer at Angela’s on 
Thurday night, there are sur¬ 
prisingly few of my friends who 
are interested in spending a 
Sunday morning in search of 
candy. 

If you ask a group of them, 
perhaps one will reply, “Did you 
say an Easter keg hunt?” But that 
is about all the response you 
will get. 

However, it would take a lot 
more than a tiny age dilemma to 
keep me from my passion! With 
that in mind, this past Sunday 1 
joined up with a group of Mary 
Hogan pre-school children to 
partake in what looked to be 
one of the more promising 
hunts ever. * ~ 

To be honest, attending 5- 
year-old Caroline Smith’s Easter 
(see ‘The Rules/ page 19) 


Chateau Concludes Final Chapter as Maison Fran^aise 




By Claire Bourne 

Features Editor 


Once upon a 
women pledged 


time 50 young 
to speak only 
French within the confines of their 
living environment. They studied in 
French, conversed with roommates 
in French, sang in French, played 
games in French and even advised 
and consoled each other in French. 

In a way, they formed a microcos- 
mic French community on Middle- 
bury’s sprawling Vermont campus. 

Le Chateau has long been a sym¬ 
bol of the College’s commitment to 
foreign languages in that it has pro¬ 
vided housing for those interested in 
immersing themselves in the French 
language. From the red and cream 
buildings completion and dedica¬ 
tion in 1925, handfuls of students 
each year have set aside English for 
a semester or two to live exclusively 
“in French.” 

“Le Chateau is one of the most 
distinctive buildings to be found on 
any campus in this country,” ex¬ 
plained an undated brochure. “It is 
the oldest continuous ‘French 
House’ in any American college, 
where the students pledge them¬ 
selves to use the foreign language 
exclusively while in the building.” 

An article by Ed Barna in an Oc¬ 
tober 1985 edition of The Addison 
Eagle proclaimed, “As the — 
French Department’s main 
teaching hall and residence, it 
has been a seat of learning and 
a stronghold of good French 
teaching for the whole coun¬ 
try.” — 

Next year, however, Le Chateau 
will close its doors to students wish¬ 
ing to live in French-only surround¬ 
ings. Classrooms have already been 
allocated for non-French class¬ 
rooms and Le Grand Salon has been 
designated as social space for Atwa¬ 
ter Commons rather than for resi¬ 
dents of Le Chateau. To replace the 
loss and to the dismay of several 
members of the French department, 
a French special-interest house on 
Franklin Street has been established. 

But how does one replace Le 
Chateau - a building rich with his¬ 
tory that extends far beyond the 
College’s parameters? This is the 
question many are asking. 

The Building: Its Birth and 
Subsequent Acquisitions 

“This Chateau was the fruition of 
a dream,” declared Stephen Freeman 
during the building’s 60th anniver¬ 
sary in 1985. 

Henri Pierre Williamson de 
Visne, Class of 1879, after having 
married a young French lady during 
his sojourn in France, returned to 
his alma mater in 1918 as professor 
of French. Drawing from his experi¬ 
ences teaching in Paris, he thought it 
would be “wonderful” if Middlebury 
created a French House. 

Contrary to popular belief, Le 
Chateau was not the College’s first 
French residence. Instead, Logan 
House, located next to the Sheldon 
Museum in the town of Middlebury, 
was sanctioned for this purpose. 
Twenty women, three teachers and 
Williamson de Visne’s mother-in- 
law - the resident “Mistress Man¬ 
ners” - all lived there. A couple of 
years later, Hillcrest became Mid- 
dlebury’s second Maison Franqaise. 

Soon a resident of Proctor, Vt., 
named Frederika Holden offered to 


Louisa Conrad 

After 76 years of providing students with a French-only atmosphere, Le Chateau will no longer be the li French house/ 


pay half the cost if the College con¬ 
structed a chateau in keeping with 
Williamson de Visne’s vision. Natu¬ 
rally, President John Thomas ac¬ 
cepted the proposal, and plans for 
Le Chateau went ahead. 

J. Layng Mills, a young architect 


This Chateau was the fruition of a 
dream. 

—Professor Emeritus of French 
Stephen Freeman in 1985 


Le Chateau in 1959.” 

Another of the building’s interior 
features is Le Grand Salon - “the 
center of activities of the French 
School, and the scene of many aca¬ 
demic and social gatherings,” de¬ 
scribes the pamphlet. Several paint- 

- ings, all donations to 

Middlebury of one kind or 
another, once hung in the 
room. 


Chateau Community 


pie 


We 


familiar with French chateaux, was 
hired to undertake the project. “He 
made the exterior a close copy of the 
Henri IV wing or pavilion of the 
Chateau de Fontainbleau, in the 
style of the late sixteenth century,” 
stated the aforementioned 
brochure. 

Though the Chateau was formal¬ 
ly opened in June 1925 to accom¬ 
modate the College’s summer pro¬ 
gram, 
fireplace 
was sym¬ 
bolically 
lit for the 
first time 
on Oct. 

bring you a French house, a 
French atmosphere, a French heart, 
a French life,” Andre Morize, profes¬ 
sor at Harvard announced at the 
dedication ceremonies. “Come and 
speak French, think in French, play 
in French. We bring living France to 
you.” 

“The treasure of the Chateau is 
the Salon Louis XVI,” states the 
brochure. Now the Chateau E class¬ 
room, the room, until re¬ 
cently, housed floor to ceil¬ 
ing panels, four doors and 
some furnishings from the 
Hotel Crillon on the Place 
de la Concorde in Paris. 

How did this collection 
end up at Middlebury? 


In response to a query about le 
Chateau from a Kalamazoo College 
student in 1956, Freeman expound¬ 
ed upon the residential guidelines. 
“Only women can reside here, but 
some men come in to take their 
meals with them in the dining hall, 
speaking French exclusively, of 
course,” he stated. 

By ’56, the dining room in the 
basement accommodated 70 peo- 
had one 
Spanish 
table. 

“No 
English 
allowed 
Chateau 

dining room,” Freeman as¬ 
serted. 

The social scene was alive, as well. 
The building hosted monthly meet¬ 
ings of the French Club, “combining 
brief talks, games, brief dramatic 
presentations and a great deal of 
singing,” Freeman continued. Spe¬ 
cial activities included Halloween 
parties, Christmas presentations, 
dances and Mardi Gras complete 

Once the most prominent 
Maison Frangaise in the United 
States, the Chateau will soon 
display its French flavor only in 
its architectural facade. 

The 


brochure continues, “About 1906, 
the father of Miss Susan Bliss, a J.P. 
Morgan partner, bought the [Hotel 
Crillon] and lived there for many 
years. When Miss Bliss decided to 
return to the United States in 1937, 
she brought three of the ‘period’ 
rooms to New York for installation 
in her home. When it was converted 
to apartments, she donated the 
Louis XVI room or Salon to Mid¬ 
dlebury College. It was installed in 


with a night club, among others. 

The atmosphere of community 
was essential to the success of the 
Chateau’s French-only policy. “Ad¬ 
mission to the residence is based on 
the above and, also, the willingness 
to cooperate actively in creating the 
necessary atmosphere in such a 
house. We do not insist upon high 
scholarship, but rather the proper 
language ability and the proper atti¬ 
tude,” Freeman elucidated. 

Diana Fanning, assistant in the 


music department, lived in the 
Chateau during the spring of 1969. 
“It felt like a community. The Grand 
Salon allowed people who shared 
interest in French culture and 
French language to gather,” she re¬ 
called. “The building is so beautiful. 
It was such a special place ” 

The Disappearance of French 

The artifacts in the Salon Louis 
XVI were almost destroyed by a hu¬ 
midifier when the room was locked 
up for an extended period of time 
and vandalism in Le Grand Salon 
forced the College to remove paint¬ 
ings from its walls. 

With the creation of the com¬ 
mons system came the need for 
“commons social space.” Atwater ac¬ 
quired tLe Grand Salon about a 
decade ago, and it is now used for 
events not strictly pertaining to 
French culture or language. Students 
who lived on the French-only floor 
wanted a living area and a place to 
cook - two requests that couldn’t be 
fulfilled because of the Salon’s afore¬ 
mentioned shift to Atwater in addi¬ 
tion to the language tables and other 
dining room functions in the base¬ 
ment kitchen. 

Head of the French Department 
Bethany Ladimer explained that the 
Residential Life Staff approached 
the department close to this spring 
room draw deadline. Their propos¬ 
al included the implementation of a 
new French house for a one-year 
trial period in the place of the cur¬ 
rent Chateau floor designated for 
the purpose of “living France.” 

“We don’t feel good about it,” 
remarked Ladimer about the 
French Departments reaction to 
the new set-up. “We want the 
Chateau to remain intact.” 

Fanning seconded Ladimer’s 
_ statement, adding, “I have a hard 
time imagining the Chateau not 
going on the way it has.” 

Once the most prominent Mai¬ 
son Fran^aise in the United States, 
the Chateau will soon display its 
French flavor only in its architectur¬ 
al facade. Classrooms now host a 
multitude of different classes, the 
dining room offers language tables 
in every tongue offered at Middle¬ 
bury and starting in the fall of 2001, 
English alone will echo down the 
residential hallways. 




































April 18, 2001 


FEATURES 


Page 17 


Culinary Institute Leaves 
Much to Be Desired 


By Matthew Klein 

Staff Writer 

A discerning food-lover expects 
the best from fine restaurants. I’ve 
enjoyed many fantastic meals at the 
Culinary Institute of America in 
Hyde Park, N.Y., and expected 
nothing less, perhaps more, from 
the New England Culinary Institute 
(NECI). Upon my return from a 
2,200-mile road trip over Spring 
Break, I was in no mood to fool 
with Proctor. My old friend Serena 
came to my rescue on Monday af¬ 
ternoon with a phone call inviting 
me to dinner in Burlington. 

NECI 
Commons, 
on Church 
Street in 
Burlington, 
was the des¬ 
tination. 

Expecta¬ 
tions were 
high, especially for Serena, a Cor¬ 
don Bleu-trained “foodie” I am 
more self-trained. 

The food was not easy to respect 
or to even like. 

After the host finished his per¬ 
sonal phone call, we were seated 
upstairs in a contemporary space. 
Our server, Brad, was overly friend¬ 
ly, and insisted we ask him ques¬ 
tions. Fifteen minutes after we were 
given menus, we asked what was 
used to smoke the salmon appetiz¬ 
er. He did not know. We were also 
interested in the origins of the 
grouper. No one seemed to know. 

The smoked salmon ($5.95) is 
presented atop a perfect circle of 
bland potato salad, supposedly held 
together with herb mayonnaise. As 
it turned out, however, the potatoes 
seemed to be seasoned only with 
salt and pepper. The salmon, how¬ 
ever, was exemplary: firm, not slimy 
nor salty. The herb vinaigrette was 
nothing more than mayonnaise 
blended with herbs. We later found 
out that a second-year student uses 
a special blend of woods in a tradi¬ 
tional smokehouse in preparing the 
salmon. 

My appetizer, warm goat cheese 
and potato cake ($6.25), tasted 
more like Philadelphia cream 


cheese with chives. The presenta¬ 
tion was wonderful, however, with 
basil-infused olive oil and balsam¬ 
ic reduction swirled together. The 
mesclun greens - the accompani¬ 
ment - were fresh and bitter; all of 
the varieties of lettuce in the mix¬ 
ture was distinctly different, as they 
should be. 

Serena finished the salmon and 
left the potatoes. I enjoyed my 
small salad and sopped up the basil 
oil and balsamic with the white 
bread served at the start of the 
meal. 

Salad, I believe, should be fresh. 

Surely, 
most any¬ 
one will 
agree. The 
NECI stu¬ 
dents 
should 
know that 
salad that 
is pre-prepared and dressed hours 
before presentation will not keep. 
Serenas seasonal greens salad was 
dressed with a “lemon-herb vinai¬ 
grette,” which tasted more like 
lemon juice. She sent it back. The 
outer romaine lettuce leaves on my 
Caesar salad were crusted with dry 
dressing, the inner leaves smoth¬ 
ered in a pasty mayonnaise-based 
substance with too much parmesan 
cheese. Not commendable, just the 
standard, butchered Caesar that 
seems to have overtaken the tradi¬ 
tional (and simple) version that I 
have seen only at Ben Benson’s 
Steakhouse in New York City. The 
croutons were moist, most likely 
from condensation inside a refrig¬ 
erator. 

At this point, Brad, our server, 
checked to see if we had any more 
questions. 

Serena’s grouper ($14.25) was 
served with a small dollop of Ched¬ 
dar cheese mashed potatoes in a 
lobster-based sauce. The grouper 
was crusty from preparation earli¬ 
er in the day and raw in the center. 
Such thin slices of fish need only be 
seared in a very hot pan for 20 sec¬ 
onds per side; it was thus confusing 
to us why it would be prepared so 
far in advance. 


New England Culinary Institute 
(NECI) Commons on Church 
Street was the destination. 
Expectations were high... 
however the food was not easy 
to respect or even like. 



Dog Days 


Bryan McQuade 

Framed by the frisbee dog, some Middlebury students walk 
towards Proctor from class on Tuesday afternoon. 


My lamb top round ($15.95) was 
served atop “creamy mustard seed 
polenta” with tomato confit. The 
lamb was cooked perfectly, but tast¬ 
ed more like beef tenderloin - it 
lacked the traditional lamb flavor. 
The toma¬ 
to confit 
was not re¬ 
ally a con¬ 
fit: the thin 
slices were 
nothing 
more than 
oven-dried 
tomato; it did, however, comple¬ 
ment the lamb well. Rosemary was 
nowhere to be found. The polenta 
was lumpy, lukewarm and tasted 
like Lemon Pledge. 

I can only describe the sauces as 
“muddy.” Serena’s lobster sauce had 
no hint of lobster, and was quite 
basic. She wondered if it was a bul¬ 
lion-broth reduction. My sauce, a 
“red wine and rosemary reduc¬ 


tion,” tasted more like port wine re¬ 
duced with honey. 

We skipped dessert and opted 
for Phish food ice cream from Ben 
& Jerry’s, a half-block down the 
street. 

My 

conclu¬ 
sions: 
NECI- 
trained 
chefs will 
have terri¬ 
ble diffi¬ 
culty 

being placed in top restaurants any¬ 
where. Brad was too attentive and 
frequently interrupted conversa¬ 
tions; there was too long a wait be¬ 
tween courses. While presentation 
is very important, and well execut¬ 
ed at NECI Commons, it does not 
make up for the uninspired, boring 
interpretations of simple dishes. 

I enjoyed breakfast at Proctor on 
Tuesday morning. 


I can only describe the sauces as 
'muddy/Serena's lobster sauce 
had no hint of lobster... My 
sauce, a'red wine and rosemary 
reduction/tasted more like port 
wine reduced with honey. 



CAMPUS 


VOICES 






\\ 


What will you do if you don’t get a 
room during room draw? 


Compiled by Claire Bourne 


Photos and artwork by Alex Westra 



■Til move into Mead Chapel. It’s 
spacious and has nice windows. 
And I can be close to God.” 


Til shack up with Johnny Mac. 


Til probably cry. 


Tm graduating, 


—Joe Schine ’03 


—Adam Sewall ’03 


—Jareb Keltz ’01 


—Katie Cobelli ‘04 



'DrTftJitt 

Staff Writer 


Parents’ Weekend at Middle¬ 
bury means good food and a 
chance to vent about classes, 
dorms and Proctor to people 
who always take your side. Hav¬ 
ing one’s parents visit in Paris is 
the same thing, only on a bigger 
scale: better food and more 
things to gripe about (metros, 
catcallers, French swimmers, 
miniature washing machines...) 

Thanks to having lived here, 
my parents understand my 
complaints, having gone 
through the same frustrations 
10 years ago. Furthermore, 
they’re fairly easy guests. They 
know Paris about as well as I do, 
and there have been plenty of 
times in the past few weeks 
when we’ve found ourselves in a 
neighborhood that’s perfectly 
familiar to them and totally new 
to me. 

“Oh, I know where we are,” 
my mom will say. “Down the 
street is that arcade with the sec¬ 
ondhand shop where I bought 
you that gray sailor dress that I 
liked so much.” 

My dad’s French is confined 
to an eclectic group of expres¬ 
sions such as grande bouchon 
(“large traffic jam”) and pas de 
(which he uses with English 
words to forbid something: 
thus, when we were little, “pas de 
jelly beans” meant “no, you ab¬ 
solutely may not have any jelly 
beans”). After all, a computer 
science professor doesn’t really 
need other languages, since 
technological jargon tends to be 
either English words or angli¬ 
cized creations: faxer (to fax); le 
web; je vais faire des e-mails (I’m 
going to go e-mail). 

When hand gestures fail, he 
gets my mom to translate. She 
speaks slowly and precisely and 
her comprehension is good 
enough for her to follow most of 
a Moliere play, compared to 
which daily communication is 
French 101. 

I usually have to ask her for 
help on restaurant menus, since 
her vocabulary of fish, vegeta¬ 
bles, sauces, desserts and so on 
is much better than mine. 

In any case, I’m playing none 
of the parts that I ‘think many 
students abroad are forced to as¬ 
sume when their parents come: 
map, translator, cultural inter¬ 
preter. But in the past week I 
have found myself in a new 
Parisian role: tourist. 

Admittedly, I go to the Lou¬ 
vre and the Musee d’Orsay and 
I gawk at the Eiffel tower if I 
happen to see it on the hour, 
when it lights up with a dazzling 
display of glittery, blinking 
white lights. But except for the 
days when it’s rainy and windy 
and cold and I absolutely have to 
wear my red North Face, I don’t 
think I really stand out as an 
American. And unless I happen 
to stumble on a masculine/fem¬ 
inine trap, I don’t think the way 
I speak gives it away either. 

But walking into a store, a 
restaurant or a museum speak¬ 
ing English with my parents ab- 
(see Parents ', page 20) 































Page 18 


FEATURES 


April 18,2001 


Student Hands Construct 



Courtesy Photo 

Habitat for Humanity student volunteers traveled to West Virginia over Spring Break to help construct houses. 


the experience was the chance to 
work hard in a non-academic set¬ 
ting. Houde also mentioned that the 
group came together wonderfully. 
“It was amazing to see a group of 22, 
from first-years to seniors, come to¬ 
gether. I was a bit worried about the 
group coming together,” Houde 
commented. Yet the experience nul¬ 
lified Houde’s concerns. “I feel like I 
have a sincere relationship with 
each of the folks on the trip,” she 
said. 

Skovsted reiterated Houde’s per¬ 
spective. He said: “It was great how 
flawlessly it all went off. There were 
no ulterior motives involved, simply 
helping people and having fun.” 

The group also enjoyed the out¬ 


doors. During the middle of the 
week, the group took an afternoon 
off to spend a sunny Wednesday out 
hiking in the mountains. On the 
way back to Middlebury, the group 
stopped by a river and went polar 
bearing in the frigid snowmelt wa¬ 
ters. 

Group bonding also came over 
living together in a home called “Al¬ 
most Heaven Habitat for Humanity 
Center.” There the group cooked 
meals together and enjoyed what 
Houde called the “Southern hospi¬ 
tality” of the elderly couple that 
hosted them. Houde said she was 
particularly amused when one 
evening the elderly host turned on 
oldies and began to “shimmy” and 


slow dance for them with his wife. 

Interacting with this couple and 
others in the community was a 
highlight for all involved, but it also 
gave the students exposure to a 
world where Middlebury College 
concerns seem petty. Houde said, 
for example, that they could not ex¬ 
plain to individuals there about the 
recent dispute over banning SUVs 
from the College. “It was very dif¬ 
ferent from Middlebury. We burned 
our trash,” she said. 

Houde, Foss and Skovsted all 
said that the community’s apprecia¬ 
tion for their work could not have 
been more sincere. “The people 
there have such big hearts,” Houde 
concluded. 


Fighting Hunger With Spring Cleaning 



Habitat in West Virginia 


By Jon White 

Features Editor 

A yearly institution among stu¬ 
dents here at Middlebury has been 
a Spring Break volunteer trip with 
Habitat for Humanity. Last year stu¬ 
dents traveled to North Carolina 
and such trips have consistently at¬ 
tracted a strong following of about 
a dozen people or so. Nonetheless, 
when 22 people signed up to go to 
West Virginia this year, the trip co¬ 
ordinator, Mary Houde ’03 was 
overwhelmed and excited by the re¬ 
sponse. 

Houde had put up 100 posters, 
and she began talking the trip up by 
word of mouth as early as Novem¬ 
ber. “I was amazed,” Houde com¬ 
mented on not only the response, 
but how quickly news of the trip 
spread by word of mouth. 

As coordinator, Houde contacted 
the Habitat for Humanity office in 
Franklin, W.Va., and arranged for 
the group’s trip. Houde had spent 
time before in West Virginia with 
Habitat for Humanity and she par¬ 
ticipated in last year’s trip to North 
Carolina. With funding from the 
College, students only needed to 
pitch in one hundred of their own 
dollars for the March 24-31 trip. 

According to trip participant 
Eric Skovsted ’02, Vermont is hard¬ 
ly “rural” when compared to 
Franklin, W.Va. Houde said that 
Franklin lacks any form of econom¬ 
ic stimulus. The majority of its citi¬ 
zens drive an hour each day to work 
on poultry farms in Virginia. There 
most of them pluck feathers from 
chickens as they are processed. The 
grocery store in Franklin lacked 
basic things such as fresh vegeta¬ 
bles, Houde noted. Such services 
overlook communities such as 
Franklin that are isolated by the 
mountains. 

Nonetheless, the kindness of the 
citizens of Franklin moved partici¬ 
pants. Students joined members of 
the community at events such as a 
church social: Skovsted said that the 
reception by the community was 
“overwhelmingly positive.” 

“They were thrilled to have us,” 


he said. 

Each day the students met at 8 
a.m. to discuss their projects for the 
day. The group of 22 split into 
smaller groups daily to work on 
tasks. One group might do con¬ 
struction such as framing a new 
home, or touch up on nearly com¬ 
plete projects. Another might spend 
the day working in a local supply 
store set up by Habitat for Human¬ 
ity. 

According to Skovsted, Habitat 
for Humanity operates on a basis 
whereby future homeowners pay 
for construction materials and 
Habitat provides the volunteer 
labor. Some students had the op¬ 
portunity to meet the residents of 
Habitat for Humanity homes con¬ 
structed in past years by volunteers 
in Franklin. 

Habitat for Humanity coordina¬ 
tors and workers helped direct stu¬ 
dents in on-site construction jobs in 
Franklin. Some students had no 
construction experience before 
heading to West Virginia, but by the 
end of the trip, all were very com¬ 
fortable with their skills. 

Charlotte Foss ’03.5 commented 
that one of the most rewarding as¬ 
pects of the trip, in addition to help¬ 
ing out the Franklin community, 
was learning the basics of construc¬ 
tion and carpentry. “It was to get to 
the point where you knew how to 
hammer in a stud and you didn’t 
have to ask someone for help,” Foss 
said. 

Skovsted was also impressed by 
the manner in which the group 
evolved into a “amazingly efficient 
machine” when it came to tasks. 

Houde suggested that the cama¬ 
raderie and enthusiastic work ethic 
of the students was part of the rea¬ 
son that the groups accomplished 
tasks quickly. Houde said that one 
afternoon at the Habitat for Hu¬ 
manity store, students were as¬ 
signed to organize hundreds of tiles 
by color. With ardor and while 
singing aloud, the group accom¬ 
plished the seemingly daunting task 
in a mere three hours. 

For Houde, one of the assets of 


By Kate Robinson 

Staff Writer 

The slush sliding off the 
rooftops and the crocuses nudging 
up through the mud toward the 
long-awaited sunshine seemed to 
germinate the spirit of goodwill 
among approximately 50 Middle¬ 
bury students who participated in 
the Hunger Cleanup effort buzzing 
through Addison County on Sat¬ 


urday. 

The general structure of the 
project, Katie Ziemba ’03 in¬ 
formed me, was to team the indus¬ 
trious energy of students with the 
need for spring maintenance at 
local non-profit institutions, cou¬ 
pled with sponsorship similar to 
that of a walk-a-thon. The money 
earmed by their hard work would 
be used as a fundraiser for the Na¬ 
tional Student Campaign Against 
Hunger and Homelessness. Their 
service was 
beneficial 
on a local 
and inter¬ 
national 
level, killing 
two birds 
with one 
stone, ex¬ 
cusing the 
impish metaphor in the spirit of 
spring, of course. 

Scattering to volunteer sites 
from the swarming sign-up table 
in Proctor Woodstove Lounge, the 
students seemed unstinting in 
their enthusiasm to work for a 
good cause. There was plenty to be 
done. 

The work sites were primarily 
centered around cleaning up the 
debris left exposed by the receding 
winter. At Project Independence, a 
daycare community for elderly 
people off Rte. 7, students set to 
work raking and scrubbing the 
porch furniture in preparation for 
the iced tea afternoons ahead. 
Similarly, at the Otter Creek Child 
Care Center, seven students 


clipped, raked and hauled away 
loads of branches and leaves. One 
barefoot girl swept away the piles 
of dirt that had accumulated on 
the jungle gym over the winter. 
Among the seven were five first- 
years from second-floor Stewart 
who had rallied their friends to¬ 
gether and raised $182 for the 
Hunger Cleanup drive. 

Other sites included the Isley 
Public Library, where students 
were set to work relocating books, 
and 

cleanup ef¬ 
forts at St. 
Mary’s 
School and 
the Bristol 
Family 
Center. 

At the 
Vermont 
Adult Learning Center, an educa¬ 
tion facility that caters to over 300 
welfare-to-work participants, the 
volunteers were given lumber, 
power tools and instructions to 
make a large bookshelf for the 
daycare - an essential element to 
the success of the organization 
that enables parents to attend the 
classes Without a financial sacri¬ 
fice. 

Kathy Hall, an employee at the 
Vermont Adult Learning Center 
and the supervisor of the con¬ 
struction, said the Center hopes to 
build a pavilion for the playground 
by summer so the kids can spend 
more time outside. 

Housed in the same complex, in 
(see Hunger, page 20) 


The general structure of the 
project was to team the 
industrious energy of students 
with the need for spring 
maintenance at local non¬ 
profit institutions. 


Andrew Corrigan 

Glancing over at band member Mike Mahoney '02, Courtney Brocks y 01 laughs at a joke that only she 
and Mahoney think is funny. Hijack the Disco played in the Gamut Room on Saturday night. 


Hijack the Gamut Room 







































April 18,2001 


FEATURES 


Page 19 


Cookstock Revisits ’60s and ’70s 

Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair 


By Megan Michelson 

Staff Writer 


It was a time of peace protests, 
flower children, rock and roll, civil 
rights legislation and bellbottom 
pants. It was a time of questioning 
authority and experimentation. It 
was the 1960s and 1970s, and for 
those that missed living during 
those decades, it was a momentous 
time period that has contributed 
tremendously to today's culture. 

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now until April 21. 

Cookstock involves two weeks 
of events, including panel discus¬ 
sions, dinners, musical perfor¬ 
mances, lectures, films and other 
organized forms of entertainment, 
such as dances and outdoor festiv¬ 
ities. There is a balance of sched¬ 
uled educational events and activ¬ 
ities for enjoyment purposes only; 
however all of Cookstock repre¬ 
sents adventures of the ’60s and 
’70s that are sure to provide a good 
time and provoke thought and 
learning. 

The goal of Cookstock is to use 
the commons system to organize 
an event that would encourage in¬ 
teraction between students and 


faculty and give everyone a chance 
to share and learn from each other. 

The idea of creating a series of 
events based on this time period 
originally came from the faculty 
head, dean and CRAs of Cook 
Commons. 

“We wanted a theme that would 
lend itself to different disciplines, 
and we were all interested in the 


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success or not really depends more 
on what people take away from the 
experience than the number of 
participants at each event. “The 
main goal of Cookstock is to raise 
awareness and educate students 
about what the ’60s were about 
and how our current reality is pro¬ 
foundly influenced by that time,” 
Edleson explained. The discus¬ 
sions and lectures are orga- 
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’70s,” said David Edleson, dean of 
Cook Commons. With much plan¬ 
ning and anticipation, they have fi¬ 
nally reached the point where all 
the hard work will pay off in a re¬ 
warding and hopefully successful 
two-week span. Student enthusi¬ 
asm seems high and there has been 
a solid attendance at the first few 
Cookstock events, including the 
themed dance party in Pearsons 
Lounge last Friday night, Sunday’s 
showing and discussion of the film 
“Almost Famous” and a discussion 
on Monday about psychedelics 
and rock in the 60s conducted by 


Happening. It’s a 

Be-in. /I 

/ /way to bridge the 

generation gap that 
exists between those 
whose came of age during 
the ’60s and ’70s and their chil¬ 
dren who are growing up today. 

“We planned it to make it en¬ 
gaging and interesting with the 
possibilities of conversations 
across generations,” said Faculty 
Head of Cook Commons Pat 
Zupan. Even though it’s a busy 
time of year, the Cook Commons 
staff is still hoping to see students 
get involved and take advantage of 
this opportunity to learn about a 
different time in history, a time 
that still affects us today. 

“The ’60s and ’70s are still alive 
in young people today and stu¬ 
dents feel it to be a significant 
time. Reliving the history of many 
of us here at the College is some- 


The Rules of Effective Easter Egg Hunting 


(continued from ( Bob f page 16) 
party for all her classmates was not 
originally my idea. But when noth¬ 
ing else panned out, I recalled 
hearing Mrs. Smith mention the 
Easter egg hunt to another mother 
one afternoon at Baba’s. And while 
I had never met or talked to Mrs. 
Smith, I made careful note of how 
the checkout person called her 
Mrs. Smith, when it was h^r turn 
in line. 

Let me tell you, finding a Smith 
residence, even in rural Vermont, 
is not an easy task. Yet, after eight 
unsuccessful tries, including one 
embarrassing stop at my room¬ 
mate’s father’s house (his last name 
is Smith, too), I finally found 
young Caroline’s party and 
promptly made my way around to 
the back yard. 

Walking around the side of the 
house, I noticed that 20 children 
were already lined up with their 
empty baskets, and I suddenly re¬ 
alized that the race was about to 
start. Just then, I heard one of the 
older gentlemen at the party yell, 
“Go!” and everybody was off. A 
five-second handicap is nothing to 
be genteel about, even if you’re an 
experienced Easter egg hunter like 


myself, so I immediately bolted 
out towards the lawn. 

The actual hunt is kind of a blur 
in my memory, because of all the 
commotion the late start caused 
me. In order to dominate in my 
usual fashion, I was even forced to 
“accidentally” bump a few of my 
enemies causing them to spill 
some of their bounty. I also made 
strong use of the stand-up slide 
which helped me block off large 
areas of candy in one smooth mo¬ 
tion. 

Perhaps my one regret from the 
hunt, which I marked down in the 
books as my 18th successful East¬ 
er in a row, was that one kid, 5- 
year-old Elizabeth Howell, actual¬ 
ly made out with more candy than 


I would normally allow an adver¬ 
sary. This would not have been the 
case had it not been for 4-year-old 
Peter Williams, who managed to 
trip me as I jockeyed for position 
with the Howell girl for the final 
batch of candy. 

Seriously though, kids like little 
Peter Williams really scare me in 
this world that seems to be in¬ 
creasingly marked by violence and 
greed. 

To intentionally trip a fellow 
Easter egg hunter, simply because 
he’s doing much better than you, 
seems to me at least, to be absurd. 
So for all the Peter Williams’ out 
there, I hope your candy tastes rot¬ 
ten, and for all the winners like 
myself, way to go! 


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thing that students can share with 
us,” said Zupan. 

There is a sense of curiosity 
about the 1960s and 1970s present 
in all those who were not alive to 
witness the controversy and cul¬ 
ture-altering movements of that 
era. “That time intrigues people. 
We’ve all heard stories about the 
crazy ’60s, but we really don’t 
know about specific protests or de¬ 
tails of the civil rights movement,” 
commented Sommerville John¬ 
ston ’03, Cook Commons co-chair, 
who was responsible for helping 
organize and publicize Cookstock. 

Not only are Cookstock events 
able to satisfy that curiosity and 
provide some information about a 
legendary couple of decades, but 
they will also help students to see 
the influence of the 1960s and 
1970s on present-day lifestyles and 
culture. Students will be invited to 
take a closer look at the present 
politics, culture and freedoms that 
we so readily take for granted. 

“The ’60s were a time when the 
people questioned the status quo. 


In our day and time, it’s valuable to 
look at the ’60s to rekindle the idea 
of questioning assumptions,” said 
Edleson. 

Today at 5:30 p.m. at Kirk 
Alumni Center there will be an in¬ 
formal dinner and discussion on 
the Vietnam War and speakers will 
include veterans, political aids and 
anti-war activists. 

“In the spirit of the ’60s, we’re 
trying to get people involved,” said 
Zupan. “The Vietnam panel, 
among other things, should have a 
feeling of eye witness involve¬ 
ment.” 

In an attempt to recreate the 
ambiance of the ’60s, there will be 
a ’60s Pearsons Coffee House with 
live music and food on Thursday 
from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a hula- 
hoop making station on Proctor 
Terrace Friday at 5 p.m. 

The week will culminate in a 
battle of the bands called Hanalie 
in conjunction with The Mill on 
McCullough Field Saturday from 
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


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FEATURES 


April 18,2001 


Hunger Clean-up Welcomes Spring 


Study Buddy 



Alex Westra 

Taking advantage of some warm spring-time sunshine, a Middlebury 
student studies outside Bicentennial Hall yesterday afternoon. 


Parents’ Weekend in Paris: 
Food and French Faux Pas 


(continued from page 18) 
hopes of being as convenient as 
possible, is the Addison County 
Community Action Group 
(ACCAG) and Retroworks, a large 
organization that extends its dis¬ 
tribution services of used comput¬ 
ers, furniture and clothing 
throughout the state and to relief 
projects in places as far-flung as 
Honduras. The group has many 
branches, aiding low-income fam¬ 
ilies in Vermont in their transition 
into the job market with free 
vouchers, goal orienting and job 
training. They rely heavily on pri¬ 
vate donations to fill their ware¬ 
house. 

Jeane Montross said that work¬ 
ing full-time for ACCAG is “the 
best job I ever had. It’s rewarding 
every day.” She beamed across the 
boxes and creaky dollies, over the 
bustling activity in the storehouse, 
as the students moved the sup¬ 
plies. “The intent today is to make 
the inventory more efficiently cat¬ 
aloged and safely stored,” ex¬ 


plained Montross. The towers of 
mattresses and shrink-wrapped 
computers impress upon the effec¬ 
tiveness of the organization. Mon¬ 
tross added that they are always in 
need of volunteers. 

Like the students, the represen¬ 
tatives from ACCAG, the Otter 
Creek Child Care Center and Pro¬ 
ject Independence were all excited 


(continued from page 15) 
reach, Eaton responded, “The pro¬ 
ject is realistic in the sense that 
[Kuadey] is getting hits from all 
over the United States and several 
African countries.” (The site has 
had just shy of 10,000 hits at an es¬ 
timated 200 hits per day.) Eaton 
also pointed out the limitations of 
the Internet, saying,“Few people in 
Africa have access to the Web in 
any way.” 

Kuadey, however, hopes that 


about the opportunities that Sat¬ 
urday’s Hunger Cleanup Event 
presented to stimulate student in¬ 
volvement with various local non¬ 
profit organizations. They all re¬ 
sounded a similar want for 
volunteers on a regular basis, and 
Saturday was a great opportunity 
for Middlebury students to get a 
sense of where help is needed. 


Relief Effort 

through increased exposure to the 
epidemic, its causes, its conse¬ 
quences and viable methods of pre¬ 
vention, people who do have con¬ 
tact with the Web will voice their 
opinions and concern. 

In addition to “posting all sides 
of the AIDS/HIV debate...[to] let 
our visitors be the judge of the 
truth,” the site advocates “the pro¬ 
duction of cheaper generic 
HIV/AIDS drugs as part of tempo¬ 
rary measures to fight AIDS in 
Africa” and “the development of 
HIV vaccines by supporting orga¬ 
nizations involved in this field.” In 
addition, it promotes the expansion 
of “prevention education.” 

Kuadey consulted Professor of 
Geography Tamar Mayer for feed¬ 
back and constructive criticism 
after a friend heard her talking 
about AIDS in one of his classes. 
She labeled the site “fantastic” and 
emphasized the fact that Kuadey 
had completed the project “entirely 
on his own.” 

“Anything we in the West can do 
to to spread information and num¬ 
bers to others is important,” she re¬ 
marked when asked about the sites 
effectiveness. “American students 
don’t know enough about AIDS, so 
the more we can use [this resource] 
the better,” she continued. 

So far Kuadey has funded the 
project by himself and “through the 
generosity of a few friends.” 
Though he is looking for addition¬ 
al financial support to fund the 
site’s upkeep and expansion - for 
example, introducing an online 
forum for exchanging ideas con¬ 
cerning AIDS in Africa - Kuadey 
fully intends to continue improving 
the site and attracting new virtual 
visitors after his May graduation 
and subsequent employment at Citi 
Financial Group. 

If you, too, want to break the si¬ 
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solutely blows my cover. It’s not re¬ 
ally that people treat me different¬ 
ly, they just switch from French to 
English. And when they do, I sud¬ 
denly feel forced into the role of the 
stereotypical American tourist 
(who do, unfortunately, exist) who 
knows no foreign languages and 
believes that if she speaks loudly 
enough the person she is address¬ 
ing must understand, thanks to the 
universal, inherent logic of the Eng¬ 
lish language. But I know that I’m 
not really a typical tourist. And 
since we’ve lived here and been 
back several times, we don’t feel ob¬ 
ligated to do the typical tourist stuff 
anymore. Having dutifully done 
battle with the crowds of people 
videotaping the “Mona Lisa” at the 
Louvre, we’re now free to pursue 
more interesting activities: a wine 
tasting, a walking tour of the Art 
Deco buildings in the 16th ar- 
rondissement, a swim at the pool 
from Bleu, an exhibit about the his¬ 
tory of fairy tales at the National Li¬ 
brary. 

But the truth is that museums 
and walks and so on are just some¬ 
thing to do between meals. Like 
me, my parents come to Paris to 
eat. And this time, the gastronomic 
pilgrimage had a special destina¬ 
tion. 

Boasting a month-long wait for a 
table, the Jules Verne has long been 
my family’s Epicurean Holy Grail. 
Earlier attempts to secure a reser¬ 
vation consistently failed, so when 
the woman with whom I’m living 
succeeded in making one for us, it 
was the end of an 11-year wait. 

Questions of cuisine aside, the 
Jules Verne is fabulous thanks to its 
location: the restaurant sits in the 
second story of the Eiffel Tower, 
123 meters above the city. Access is 
via a private elevator, which is 


guarded by a man in a suit em¬ 
ployed to turn away hungry 
tourists who aren’t on the sacred 
list. 

As you soar past the mobs of 
people scurrying around the base 
of the tower, taking photographs 
and munching hotdogs, you begin 
to feel aristocratically snide. This 
prepares you well for the food, 
which is rather decadent. We or¬ 
dered the tasting menu of seven lit¬ 
tle courses, not including the 
salmon and asparagus pate appe¬ 
tizer, or the petits fours and nougat 
served with coffee. 

My personal favorite was the foie 
gras. The English translation of foie 
gras is nasty but descriptive: fatty 
liver. It’s produced by force-feeding 
geese, and is sometimes protested 
by animal rights activists in the 
United States. Sort of the culinary 
equivalent of a fur coat. At the Jules 
Verne it was served with fig jam, 
whose sweetness set it off perfectly. 

Avocado sorbet is less politically 
charged, though I suspect some 
vanilla and chocolate purists might 
be outraged by the concept of veg¬ 
etable ice cream. But its creamy tex¬ 
ture, beautiful green color and fresh 
flavor were all -very nice with the 
exotic fruit chutney of papaya, 
mango and pineapple. Besides, as 
anyone who watches Sesame Street 
could tell you, an avocado is, in fact, 
technically a fruit. 

After four hours of tuna tartare, 
chocolate mousse with caramel and 
a panoramic view of Paris, we left 
the Jules Verne and the elevator 
took us back down to the ground, 
both literally and figuratively. It was 
midnight, and like Cinderella, we 
changed back from royalty to ordi¬ 
nary tourists, gawking up at the Eif¬ 
fel Tower above our heads as it lit 
up like an exuberant, overgrown 
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ARTS 


Page 21 


Visitors Capture Appearances at Museum Photography Exhibit 

Museum of Art opens ‘Capturing Appearances’ April 1 7 , Exhibiting New Acquisitions in Photography 



By Anne Callahan 

Arts Editor 


Erika Holsman 


Middlebury College Museum of Arts 
“Capturing Appearances ” opened on 


new photography exhibit entitled 
Tuesday. 


Perhaps the most compelling 
image in Middlebury College Mu¬ 
seum of Art’s new photography 
exhibit “Capturing Appearances” 
is a 1991 portrait of “Cody in the 
dressing room at the Boy Bar, 
NYC” by celebrated American 
photographer Nan Goldin. Cody 
stands naked after a drag perfor¬ 
mance in the foreground; 
on the wall in the back¬ 
ground is a print of a 
woman’s face repeated 
seven times, and out of 
focus on a table below is 
a collection of objects: 
lipstick, crumpled ciga¬ 
rette package, cash. The 
captured appearance is at 
once horrible and eloquent: 
Goldin frames an evocative 
human subject, as well as her sub¬ 
ject’s sexuality, the accoutrements 
of her daily life and the cultural 
context suggested by the wide- 
eyed woman on the wall who 
overlooks the scene. 

The portrait appears in the sec¬ 
tion of the gallery exhibiting 
human portraiture; images in sec¬ 


tions depicting the natural land¬ 
scape and built environment are 
often less forceful but equally ex¬ 
pressive. The photographs in 
“Capturing Appearances” repre¬ 
sent important moments in the 
history of photography, especially 
in America, selected from the Mu¬ 
seum’s recent acquisitions; some 
prizes of the collection include a 
William Henry Fox Talbot’s 1843 

The captured appearance is at once 
horrible and eloquent: Goldin frames an 
evocative human subject, as well as her 
subject's sexuality, the accoutrements 
of her daily life and the cultural context 
suggested by the wide-eyed woman on 
the wall who overlooks the scene. 


caloptype “Construction of Nel¬ 
son’s Column, Trafalger Square,” 
an 1850 daguerreotype by South- 
worth and Hawes, two images of 
Paris from the early 20th century 
by the French photographer Eu¬ 
gene Atget and a 1995 portrait by 
Dawoud Bay. Donadio says the 
Museum intends to collect exam¬ 
ples of the most important Amer¬ 
ican photographers in the history 


Unknown in Known’ Explored by Polish Poet 


By Jeff Price 

Staff Writer 


Touted as the “real thing” by 
more than a few Middlebury liter¬ 
ature professors in the days pre¬ 
ceding his visit, Polish poet Adam 
Zagajewski had to answer to some 
high expectations from the crowd 
gathered in the Chateau last 
Thursday evening. Introduced by a 
giddy Robert Cohen as an “excel¬ 
lent lover of cities,” Zagajewski 
slowly crossed to the podium, 
wearing a scholarly look of keen 
withdrawal. His eyes appeared lost 
in never ending reflection, as if his 
focal point were permanently in 
transit between here and there. Yet 
the soft-spoken voice and the 
words enunciated made their pres¬ 
ence unobtrusively but insistently 
recognized. 

“I can’t go home. So I have to 
read,” said Zagajewski in opening, 
exhibiting the sharp sense of 
humor he couples with his poetic 
conceptions. 

One of the preeminent figures 
to emerge from the Polish New 
Wave, known as the Generation of 
’68, Zagajewski has earned high re¬ 
gard world-wide, especially, it 
would seem, in Vermont, where the 
room was dotted with Middle- 
bury’s own literary elite. After time 
in the Polish cities of Lwow, Silesia 
and Cracow, he lives as an ex-pa¬ 
triot in Paris for the majority of the 
year (“The legend of Paris,” from 
his perspective,“is surviving Paris. 
It is filled with Gap stores”) and 
Houston during the remainder 
(“Soon America,” he read omi¬ 
nously, “will be sleeping too”). He 
has published three books of poet¬ 
ry in English, dating back to 1985: 
“Tremor,” “Canvas” and “Mysti¬ 
cism for Beginners;” he has pub¬ 
lished much more in Polish. 

Zagajewski occupies the literary 
real estate at which most young 
travelers scrabble. His voice is that 
of the perennial searcher, the edgy 
romantic, sitting and observing 


the foreign plaza from his cafe 
chair. The pared down vocabulary 
proves adequate in sculpting odes 
to the sea-tossed soul: “we know 
you are not allowed to say your 
name and we still keep hearing 
your voice in the letters we receive 
from Antigone in the Greek 
desert” (from his poem, “The 
Soul”). 

Describing music in another 
poem, Zagajewski wonders,“why it 
circles and returns rather then give 
a straight answer as the Gospel de¬ 
mands.” For laughter, he depicts 
the apartment of the visiting 
scholar (where a poet sleeps when 
traveling for a reading to, say, Mid¬ 
dlebury) in his poem, “Apartment 
for Scholars”: “No one lives here. 
There is no life on earth.” The 
humor combusts as it appears, in 
sudden flashes, and Zagajewski 
urges the listener to: “Try to extol 
the mutilated world ... nettles me¬ 


thodically growing over the aban¬ 
doned hopes of exiles sold to 
oblivion.” 

Evaluating a poet from one 
reading is a difficult task. I can 
only determine a poet’s power 
from the degree to which his words 
stay with me in the moment, in 
whatever form of receptivity they 
find me. To drift to that washy po¬ 
etic intonation, standard of most 
readers, is not difficult. Zagejews- 
ki’s voice, sharper than most, and 
most importantly, his words 
worked to keep me off balance, 
one connection flashing in my 
mind, right as the next was 
breached. 

As Cohen noted in his intro¬ 
duction, Zagajewski “packages the 
unknown in the known.” Many of 
his topics and terms would seem, 
at first, to be flat, almost cliche. 
With so much talk of the soul and 
death and joy, clichd is almost un¬ 


avoidable. However, the poet takes 
the common phrase and through a 
verbal turn of the screw reinvigo¬ 
rates it. So, “Joy, the laughing sister 
of death,” strikes me as a beautiful 
description of an emotion most 
would find it difficult to render in 
any other terms but the stone 
lipped cliche. “Every poem,” Zaga¬ 
jewski explained, “wants to have 
meaning and have no meaning at 
the same time. It’s different from 
an article in the newspaper.” 

As the spring takes color and 
another class of graduating seniors 
nears the plank off Middlebury 
Cruises Inc., Zagejewski’s reflec¬ 
tion from his poem entitled “How 
High the Moon,” recounting a 
child’s observations of the lunar 
cycle, might be offered as a balm to 
anxiety’s chaotic burn: “If anyone 
had told me then that this was 
childhood, I would have said no, 
this is hours and days.” 


of the medium, as well as some Eu¬ 
ropean photographers such as Tal¬ 
bot and Atget who represent sig¬ 
nificant contributions to the 
technological and artistic under¬ 
standing of photography. 

Many of these acquisitions were 
made possible by the Contempo¬ 
rary Photography, Film and Video 
Acquisition Fund provided by a 
Middlebury alumnus and art deal¬ 
er, who presents works 
of art that are current¬ 
ly available at an annu¬ 
al meeting of Museum 
Assistants and stu¬ 
dents majoring in His¬ 
tory of Art and Archi¬ 
tecture and Studio Art. 
The students and com¬ 
munity members then 
vote on new acquisitions. Nan 
Goldin, Dawoud Bay and Sharon 
Lockhart works have been ac¬ 
quired this way, among others. Ac¬ 
cording to Acting Director Emmie 
Donadio, this program is responsi¬ 
ble for many of the new pieces ex¬ 
hibited in “Capturing Appear¬ 
ances.” 

The title of the exhibit evokes 
both the universal artistic process 
of “capturing” and the artistic 
product or “appearance.” However, 
the camera’s unique ability to cap¬ 
ture the visible world raises com¬ 
plex questions about the nature of 
the photographic appearance. “We 
were playing with the idea of‘Is it 
there or isn’t it there?’ Is it real or 
is it not real? That’s a real issue 
with photography now, especially 
with the new digital processes,” ex¬ 
plained Donadio. 

“Cody in a dressing at the Boy 
Bar” suggests one understanding 
of the captured appearance; Man 
Ray’s 1926 “Place de la Concorde” 
evokes another. “We were thinking 
of this work when we thought of 
[the title],” said Donadio.“It has an 
obelisk lit up as if it were an ap¬ 
parition... but I don’t think it’s a 
trick photograph.” 

Ray claimed that his work was 
intended “to amuse, bewilder, 
annoy or to inspire reflections.” 
Other photographers represented 
in the exhibit, such as the William 
(see Exhibit, page 23) 


Chinese Artifacts Travel to College Museum 


By Aubrey Thelkeld 

Staff Writer 


“Objects such as fine ceramic 
pots and bowls, tea services, and 
furniture present a story of daily 
life among people of the Liao and 
Song Dynasties and how 
they thought about 
themselves” describes 
Susan Fillin-Yeh in her 
introduction to the cata¬ 
logue for “Differences 
Preserved: Reconstruct¬ 
ed Tombs from the Liao 
and the Song Dynasties.” 

Now in the Middle¬ 
bury College Museum of 
Art, this exhibition chronicles a 
new desire for historians to pre¬ 
sent the culture and accomplish¬ 
ments of groups that existed out¬ 
side of Han China during this 
period of cultural exchange be¬ 
tween the two dynasties. 

From April 17 to June 3, the 
College will host this ground¬ 


breaking exhibition that gives the 
visitor a glimpse into the differ¬ 
ences between the Song, a pre¬ 
dominantly religious and Confu- 
cian social hierarchy, and the 
Liao, a culture more prone to fes- 


First of all, this exhibit forces us to 
revise our ideas about the shaping 
influences of a dominant culture 
that was once perceived as less 
dominant. 

—Don Wyatt, 
professor of history 


tivities and lightheartedness. 
More importantly, this exhibition 
provides a space where their in¬ 
teractions are also clearly por¬ 
trayed. 

The Liao (907-1125) dynasty 
spanned much of the present-day 
Mongolia, Manchuria and parts 
of Russia and was ruled by the 


semi-nomadic Qidan people. 
Meanwhile, the ethnic Chinese or 
Song (960-1127) dynasty encom¬ 
passed most of present-day 
southeast, mainland and coastal 
China. Interestingly enough, the 
Song accepted the legiti¬ 
macy of the Liao dynasty; 
the only time they recog¬ 
nized and paid tribute to a 
nomadic state. 

When asked about the 
nature and importance of 
the exhibition to the Mid¬ 
dlebury Community, Pro¬ 
fessor of history Don 
Wyatt responded, “First of 
all, this exhibition forces us to re¬ 
vise our ideas about the shaping 
influences of a dominant culture 
on a culture that was once per¬ 
ceived as less dominant.” He con¬ 
tinued to emphasize the impor¬ 
tance of viewing any society from 
many different vantage points. 

Professor Wyatt will also hold 


a gallery talk for the exhibition 
on April 24 at 4:30 in the upper 
gallery of the Middlebury Col¬ 
lege Museum of Art. 

This talk, entitled,“Differences 
Preserved: A Liao and Song 
Tomb, Funerary Evidence of the 
‘Qidanization’ of the Ethnic Chi¬ 
nese” will bring new perspectives 
on the cross-cultural interaction 
and exchange between the Song 
and the Liao, while emphasizing 
the new scholarship that the term 
“Qidanization” reflects more ac¬ 
curately the situation than “Sini- 
fication”; the latter possessing a 
pejorative context that demeans 
the accomplishments and inter¬ 
actions of the Qidan people. 

Moreover, tombs played a very 
important role in the Chinese 
customs of ancestor worship. The 
Liao and Song dynasties accepted 
this tradition and used it to vie 
for political power and to legiti- 
(see Chinese, page 24) 
































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ARTS 


April 18,2001 


A Touch of Los Angeles Brings Mitton’s ‘Graves’ to Life 


By Jeff Price 

Staff Writer 


“There’s too many people in a 
rush,” observes playwright and 
Middlebury College senior Andy 
Mitton.“I would stay another four 
years and keep working in the Zoo 
if 1 could.” 

The Zoo is Middlebury’s own 
black-box theater located in the 
Hepburn dormitory alongside 
Mead Chapel. Mitton’s latest play, 
“The Graves of San Andreas,” star¬ 
ring Jay Dunn SP and Erin Kunkel 
’03, will go up in the snug, easily 
mutable theater space this coming 
weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sat¬ 


urday nights at 8 p.m. 

“Graves” is “an L. A. playi if there 
is such a thing out there.” Mitton 
conceived the project out of expe- 

nences he had this past | t ' s t h e opposite of what everyone 


seeped beneath the surface of Mit¬ 
ton’s latest effort. The story takes 
place in one night at one party in 
one mansion that happens to be the 


summer in Los Ange¬ 
les, living with two 
Middlebury graduates. 

Following a few phone 
calls and a little luck, 

Mitton found himself 
interning at Kevin 
Williamson’s produc¬ 
tion company, working _ 

on scripts in the vein of the screen¬ 
writer’s “Scream” trilogy. 

A touch of the horror flavor has 


would think is the right choice, but 
for me, it's been the right choice. 
Three-hundred dollars and a theater, 
here you go. Once you get your keys, 
it's your space... 

—Andy Mitton '01 

site of a famed double murder more 
than 60 years before. As fate would 
have it, the date of the party coin¬ 


cides with that of the murder. 

“There’s a little Shining in there,” 
remarks Mitton. 

_Dale and Evie, a couple who 

have just moved out from 
Ohio to pursue acting ca¬ 
reers, are in attendance 
through the grace of the host, 
Charlie, an old friend now 
operating as a Hollywood 
producer. Dale and Evie’s 
swim through social preda¬ 
tors in search of a movie offer 
is juxtaposed with flashes 
back to the night of the murder, 
even as the present day party de¬ 
volves further and further in the di- 


Museum Program Helps Bring Art to Everyone 

Students Expand Reach of College Museum Through Community Programs 


By Ingrid Erickson 

Staff Writer 


A sight that frequently greets 
visitors to the Middlebury College 
Museum of Art is a group of 
school children sitting in rapt at¬ 
tention or offering original and 
often unusually 
insightful com¬ 
ments (overheard 
with great amuse¬ 
ment on my way to 
or from my 10 
a.m. class at the Si- 
monds Study 
Room). These 
children are par¬ 
ticipating in the 
education pro¬ 
gram offered by 
students and com¬ 
munity members 
who are Museum 
Assistants. 

Now in its fifth 
year, the program 
invites students 
and local volun¬ 
teers to “learn 
about the behind 
the scenes opera¬ 
tion of a museum,” Museum Assistant 
said Sandra Olivo, 
curator of education at the muse¬ 
um. 

Fifteen to 20 Middlebury stu¬ 
dents take part in the Museum As¬ 
sistants Program annually during 
the academic year. Advertised as a 
“volunteer program in museum 
work with a focus on tour guide 
training,” the program allows stu¬ 
dents to “work closely with the 


museum staff’as they receive 
training in all aspects of museum 
operation. 

Museum Assistants aid the mu¬ 
seum staff in giving tours to visit¬ 
ing school groups, facilitating 
public programs and entertaining 


program, students experience the 
daily workings of an art museum 
and gain access to the expertise of 
staff and guest speakers who pro¬ 
vide an introduction to the Muse¬ 
um’s permanent collection and 
special exhibitions. Assistants have 



Courtesy 

Christina Cinelli ’01 guides a group of children exploring art at the College Museum. 


the College and wider local com¬ 
munity at a variety of special 
events. 

According to several current 
Museum Assistants, working with 
elementary school children is one 
of the most rewarding and enjoy¬ 
able experiences of the program. 

In addition to active involve¬ 
ment in the Museum’s education 


an opportunity to expand (or ac¬ 
quire) skills in the areas of com¬ 
munications and public speaking, 
art and art history, museum edu¬ 
cation and public programming. 
The Museum Assistant’s Program 
also offers at least one field trip per 
year to another art museum. 

The Museum Assistants Pro¬ 
gram is not limited to art majors, 


but students must have completed 
at least one of the following cours¬ 
es to be involved: Monuments 
and Ideas in the History of Art 
(HA 101), Survey I (HA 110) or 
Survey II (HA 111). 

Olivo is currently seeking inter¬ 
ested students to participate 
in the Museum Assistants 
Program. Motivated stu¬ 
dents must be willing to 
commit two hours per week 
to independent research 
and tour preparation. Assis¬ 
tants are also required to at¬ 
tend a weekly meeting on 
Tuesdays from 4:30-5:45 
p.m. at the Museum, starting 
September 18. 

A brief informational 
meeting will be held at the 
Museum on Thursday, May 
3, at 4:30 p.m. All interested 
students are encouraged to 
attend. 

The two-page application 
was sent to all history of art 
and architecture and studio 
art majors. Students are en¬ 
couraged to contact Sandra 
Olivo at 443-2248 or via 
email (sandra.olivo@mid- 
dlebury.edu) with inquiries. 
Applicants should contact Olivo 
by phone to schedule a 15-minute 
interview prior to the informa¬ 
tional meeting. 


rection of drunken fiasco. 

The night’s events, Mitton ex¬ 
plains, “test Dale to see how badly 
he wants what he wants and what’s 
he’s willing to sacrifice to get it.” 

This is Mitton’s fourth full- 
length script. He has written nu¬ 
merous other one acts, two of 
which, “Enough” and “Eggs Over 
Albuquerque,” were produced in 
Boston at The Playwright’s The¬ 
ater. 

Visiting Lecturer in Theater and 
local playwright Dana Yeaton’s 
workshops at the College have in¬ 
spired what Mitton sees as a “new 
wave” of student writers, lent his 
talents to the production of “Eggs 
Over Albuquerque.” Without 
Yeaton as a mentor, Mitton be¬ 
lieves he would be “only a 
mediocre English major who 
doesn’t write.” 

Which would be unfortunate 
for someone who has wanted to 
write since the age of six. Once a 
fiction writer, Mitton delved into 
writing for the stage in order to 
hone in on his “fascination with 
conversation.” Whereas the details 
in fiction must be filled out in text, 
“one script can go a thousand dif¬ 
ferent ways in a thousand different 
productions,” as details therein are 
read between the lines of dialogue. 

A specialist-in-training in the 
genre of comedy/drama/horror 
(like Williamson), Mitton takes 
pleasure in a “more old fashioned” 
brand of writing, where “the em¬ 
phasis is on story-telling more 
than politics.” Seminal works in his 
own creative development over 
four years of study include Edward 
Alby’s “Zoo Story” and Tom Stop¬ 
pard’s “Arcadia.” 

As to developing as a young 
playwright in Vermont, Mitton 
says, “It’s the opposite of what 
everyone would think is the right 
choice, but for me, it’s been the 
right choice. Three-hundred dol¬ 
lars and a theater, here you go. 
Once you get the keys, it’s your 
space. You can pitch a tent if you 
want.” 

Tickets to “The Graves of San 
Andreas” are available by phone at 
443-6874. 


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face domestic and sexual violence. There are many more who need our services. 

You can help them by making a donation to ACWIC. 

Donations can be made in honor of your mother or another woman who has been influential in 
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April 18,2001 


ARTS 


Page 23 



McLeod, Friends Show 
Mastery of Improv 


By Drew Miller 

Staff Writer 


The Center for the Arts Concert 
Hall once again played host to a 
500-project last Wednesday as 
Peter Day ’01, Ben Campbell *03, 
Hitoshi Yamaguchi ’02, Peter 
Dixon ’01.5, Ricky Spero ’04 and 
Caleb Elder ’04 joined Scott 
McLeod -- 


’01 in an 
explo¬ 
ration of 
improv 
circles. 

Ex- - 

plained by McLeod as “the sim¬ 
plest form of creating music - 
multiple individuals singing to¬ 
gether, singing what comes natu¬ 
rally, what seems to fit, and what 
will guide the group to new 
places”“Quite the Line Up” indeed 
showed off the free musical 
stylings of its seven performers. 

The intro number, one of two 
principal structures used during 
the performance, began with a 
simple riff from McLeod, which 
the rest of the troupe promptly 
built off in what eventually be¬ 
came melodic and tribal sound. It 
was probably my favorite of the 
night, and sounded quite reminis¬ 


cent of tracks off Paul Simon’s 
“Graceland.” 

“The second type of structure 
is one that is entirely improvisa- 
tional,” McLeod explained. This 
appeared more frequently in sub¬ 
sequent movements with different 
variations to make each section 
unique. These included members 

com¬ 
ing in 
and 
drop¬ 
ping 
out at 


McLeod says improv circles can be 
"foreign to the contemporary ear," 
yet "lie at the root of all music, or so 
it seems it to me." 


vari¬ 
ous intervals and playing off those 
before them; an audience-selected 
set of numbers (translated to notes 
by Yamaguchi and a trusted tun¬ 
ing fork) in which McLeod 
stepped up to the spotlight; and an 
entertaining finale featuring guest 
performer Andrew Lefwitz per¬ 
cussion, Elder’s body contortions 
and Campbell’s “in-hand” grooves 
as he sang into cupped hands for 
an interesting effect indeed. 

Without a doubt the most en¬ 
joyable, and most amusing, seg¬ 
ment of the night was the im¬ 
promptu audience participation 
number concocted by Elder and 
Dixon. Split down the middle into 


Elizabeth Baer 

Scott McLeod *01 explored inprov a cappella in his 500 project “Quite the Line up** at the CFA Concert Hall. 


two groups, each side of the audi¬ 
ence was given a short phrase to 
repeat. The two halves then sang 
their different parts together as 
the group freestyled over the 
parts. 

However, the audience’s ad¬ 
mirable but feeble attempts to im¬ 
provise with the group gave every¬ 
one an added dose of respect for 
the difficult task the performers 


faced. 

One of the final songs of the 
night highlighted a set line Yam¬ 
aguchi had previously invented, 
which the group sang over and re¬ 
acted to in the structure that was 
heard in the first number. An ob¬ 
scure time signature, which a 
member of the group taunted at 
the audience to try and figure out 
(11/8 perhaps?), made the song all 


Exhibit Raises Questions About Appearance 

A. A 


(continued from page 20) 

Henry Jackson and the famous 
motion photographer Eadweard 
Muybridge, worked toward a very 
different purpose. Jackson and 
Muybridge made photographic 
surveys of the American West for 
the U.S. government in the late 

19th century, and - 

their work eventu¬ 
ally contributed to 
the decisions to cre¬ 
ate Yellowstone and 
Yosemite National 
Parks. The label next to Jackson’s 
“Mammoth Hot Springs, Gar¬ 
diner’s River” (1879-78) quotes 
an official report on his pho¬ 
tographs: “They have done very 
much in the first place, to secure 
truthfulness in the representation 
of mountain and other scenery” 
On the opposite side of the 
gallery is representation of 


scenery taken over a hundred 
years after Jackson’s death and il¬ 
lustrating changing ideas about , 
photography, “745 Fifth Avenue, 
South View, Sept. 18, 1995” is a 
four-feet-wide camera obscura 
gelatin silver print, the format for 
which Lutter is famous. 


The exhibit functions as a testimony to 
the photographer's extraordinary ability 
to see, and to record his vision on film. 


“You couldn't go see this be¬ 
cause... it’s a camera obscura pho¬ 
tograph that was taken through a 
pinhole in a wall on a piece of 
paper this large,” said Donadio. 

“Some of the photographs are 
capturing appearances of vi¬ 
sions... that appeared on the 
photo emulsion, or the photo sur- appearance itself and the method 
face itself." of capturing that produced it. 


“A photographer doesn’t just 
shoot what’s there,” she explained, 
“He also sees what’s there that 
other people may not see ” This is 
a principle relevant to both Lutter 
and Jackson, despite the apparent 
discrepancy between Lutter’s ma¬ 
nipulation of the cityscape and 
lackson’s precise record 
of the West. 

In fact, the exhibit 
functions as a testimo¬ 
ny to the photograph¬ 
er’s extraordinary abili¬ 
ty to see, and to record his vision 
on film, “Capturing Appear¬ 
ances” allows the viewer to expe¬ 
rience the often unexpected, un¬ 
usual or unbelievable sight of 
photographers throughout the 
history of the medium; the exhib¬ 
it begs the viewer to examine the 


Courtesy Photo 
Man Ray*s “Place de la Concorde .” 

“Capturing Appearances” 
opened on April 17 in conjunc¬ 
tion with photography critic 
Vicki Goldberg’s slide lecture. 
The exhibit is on view April 17 
through June 3 at the Middlebury 
College Museum of Art 


the more appealing as it involved 
interaction, though some mem¬ 
bers of the troupe seemed to have 
a bit of difficulty with it. 

The evening had a light, relaxed 
feel, added to by the casual pres¬ 
ence and dress of the performers. 
The playful nature of many of the 
participants proved to benefit 
some of the more erratic seg¬ 
ments, but overall took away from 
the performance as the singers 
often lost focus and would peri¬ 
odically drop the groove, in one 
case rendering the piece unrecov¬ 
erable. However, the many hours 
that each performer committed to 
the project paid off every time 
someone would move “just right” 
and create sound, seemingly ran¬ 
dom but impressive. 

While many people have trou¬ 
ble getting up in front of a class to 
give an oral presentation, McLeod 
and Company stood in front of a 
substantial crowd to explain to 
them, in their own way, their own 
little story and how they were feel¬ 
ing - but they did this together, 
and on the spot. 

As McLeod said, improv circles 
can be “foreign to the contempo¬ 
rary ear,” yet “lie at the root of all 
music, or so it seems to me.” 
“Quite the Line Up” proved that at 
least that night, improv lay at the 
root of all music. Hats off to all in¬ 
volved on their accomplishments 
in “spontaneous composition.” 



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April 18,2001 



Critic Examines Societal Role of Photogra ' 


By Nikki Holland 

_ Staff Writer _ 

What is it that makes society so 
drawn to seeing itself represented 
in images? Is this a world domi¬ 
nated by visual media? In a lecture 
titled “The Power of Photography: 
How Photographs Changed Our 
Lives,” author and New York Times 
photography critic Vicki Gold¬ 
berg addresses these question of 
photography’s role in contempo¬ 
rary society. 

Gold¬ 
berg’s pre¬ 
sentation 
was full of 
some of the 
most fa¬ 
mous and 
powerful 
images of 

society. _ 

From the first pictures of Abra¬ 
ham Lincoln to the front cover of 
The New Yorker , photography was 
portrayed as one of the most im¬ 
portant aspects of news and cul¬ 
ture. 

Beginning with the portrait of 
Lincoln as a campaign booster, 
Goldberg explained how photog¬ 
raphy began to serve as a medium 
through which the aspects of a 
person’s character could be judged 
and visualized. Photographs of 
people in power, of movie stars 
and of musicians were used to 
promote specific images to the 
public. Sometimes, though, these 
famous characters were caught off 
guard and, according to the pho¬ 


From the first pictures of 
Abraham Lincoln to the 
front cover of The New 
Yorker, photography was 
portrayed as one of the 
most important aspects of 
news and culture. 


tographers, this is when the truth 
of their personalities became 
much more clear. 

Most agree that character is 
more obvious and realistic when 
seen face to face than when read 
from a paper, and as Goldberg ex¬ 
plained, people began to base 
their opinions of these figures 
more and more on the visual im¬ 
ages which had been given to 
them. 

From the be¬ 
ginning, pho¬ 
tography has 
played an im¬ 
portant part in 
politics. For ex¬ 
ample, Gold¬ 
berg spoke of a 
politician’s 
obligation to 
- make sure pos¬ 
itive images of himself were pre¬ 
sented to counteract the power of 
the more negative pictures. One 
could never forget the prevalent 
images of the president of the 
United States all decked out in 
sunglasses and shirt-sleeves play¬ 
ing his saxophone on “The Arse- 
nio Hall Show.” 

Aside from politics, photogra¬ 
phy has been used to make people 
famous and to sell products. We 
remember the pictures of famous 
actors and actresses and recognize 
the faces we see in ads. 

Goldberg pointed out that pho¬ 
tography is an important means of 
information. It illustrates issues 
and gives strength to the written 


Elizabeth Baer 

Vicki Goldberg lectured about photography in a talk entitled <( The Power of 
Photography: How Photographs Changed our Lives' on Tuesday. 


word. Goldberg stressed the 
power of imagery to change. It was 
not the articles about Somalia that 
motivated the U.N. to take action 
in this country, but pictures that 
were being circulated throughout 
the Unitd States, as well as abroad 
which showed the international 


Chinese Exhibit Opens Doors to Culture 


(continued from page 21) 
mate their dynasties. The tombs 
also affirm their respective beliefs 
in the afterlife and the utility of 
objects in the world beyond. 

The tombs of the Zhang fami¬ 
ly in Xuanhua, the focus of the 
exhibition, illus¬ 
trate the accep¬ 
tance of Qidan 
culture. Radiantly 
painted murals 
show elaborate tea 
drinking cere¬ 
monies juxtaposed with Qidan 
musicians providing lively enter¬ 
tainment. 

In contrast, the Song tombs 
excavated in Jingxing, about 100 
miles south of Xuanhua, express 
longing for domestic harmony, 
order, and tranquility when Song 
murals more frequently rein¬ 
forced a rigid family hierarchy. 

On loan from the Institute of 
Cultural Relics, Shijiazhuang, 


Hebei Province, bronze masks 
and decorated coffins are some of 
the most fascinating works with¬ 
in the exhibition. Reproductions 
of the mural paintings, furniture 
and pottery facilitate the under¬ 
standing of daily life and its rela¬ 


Reproductions of the mural paintings, furniture 
and pottery facilitate the understanding of 
daily life and its relation to culture, religion and 
style. 


tion to culture, religion and style. 

This exhibition will be one of 
the few times these artifacts have 
ever been seen outside of China 
and the first time the artifacts will 
be shown in context. 

In addition, Nancy Shatzman 
Steinhardt, a professor of Asian 
and East Asian Studies at the 
University of Pennsylvania, will 
give a slide lecture entitled “The 
Qidan: Who They Were, Where 


They Came From, How The 
Lived and How They Died” on 
May 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 221 
in the Center for the Arts. 

Professor Wyatt affirmed, “For 
cultures of all time, how they 
died represents how they lived,” 
and according¬ 
ly, the striking 
visual contrast 
between the 
two tombs illus¬ 
trates their dif- 
ferent lifestyles. 

As our culture revises modern 
history to present many diverse 
perspectives, so too do the schol¬ 
ars who study pre-modern cul¬ 
tures have a duty to represent 
their academic fields accurately. 

“Differences Preserved” 
promises a rare glimpse into arti¬ 
facts not often seen outside 
China and an opportunity for all 
to reflect on the power of cross- 
cultural understanding. 


community the horrors taking 
place in this troubled nation. 

The tremendous impact which 
photography has made and con¬ 
tinues to make is not only through 
photojournalism but also through 
art. Photography as art, especially 
since the introduction of digital 
technology, has become increas¬ 
ingly popular. As Goldberg ex¬ 
plained, the medium of photogra¬ 
phy is not only conducive to 
making statements about politics 
and world affairs but is also an es¬ 
sential part of the world of artis¬ 
tic expression. 

Known nationally as well as in¬ 
ternationally, Goldberg is the co¬ 
author of “American Photogra¬ 
phy: A Century of Images” (1999), 
a book named best academic 
book of the year by the American 
Library Association. She also 
served as a senior consultant for 
the PBS documentary by the same 
name. Goldberg’s book “Margaret 
Bourke-White: A Biography” 
(1987) was selected by The New 
York Times as one of the best bi¬ 
ographies of the year. 

Goldberg’s lecture coincided 
with the opening of “Capturing 
Appearances: Recent Acquisitions 
in Photography” at the Middle- 
bury College Museum of Art and 
was cosponsored by the College’s 
Center for International Affairs. 


Upcoming Art... 

Student and professional perfor¬ 
mances abound in the coming 
week. Look for everything from 
choir concerts to an original stu¬ 
dent play. 

April 19, Thursday 

Evensong with St. Margaret’s 
Choir, Westminster Abbey. 

Mead Chapel, 5 p.m., Free 


April 19-21 Thursday - 
Saturday 

“The Graves of San Andres” 
Senior work of Andrew Mitton. 
Hepburn Zoo, 8 p.m. all nights, 
11 p.m. Friday. $1 at door 


April 19-21 Thursday- 
Saturday 

Spring Repertory Company, 
“The (Re)presentation of 
Oppression: Party Mountain 
One Language for the New 
World Road Order Time.” 

Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio 
Theatre, 8 p.m. all nights, 2 p.m. 
Saturday. $5/4/3 


April 20, Friday 

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Outdoor Dances 
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St. Margaret’s Choir. Westminster 
Abbey 

Including tribute to Concert 
Series Director, Prof. Paul 
Nelson. 

Center for the Arts, Concert 
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April 20-21, Friday and 
Saturday 

Caroline Bodkin ’01 and Jareb 
Keltz ’01: In Concert 
Center for the Arts, Dance 
Theatre, 8 p.m., $5/4/3 


April 21, Saturday 

Two Student Performances: Erin 
Branch ’01, soprano, Dauvin 
Peterson ’01 and Ryan Miller ’01 
Center for the Arts, Concert 
Hall, 8 p.m. Free 


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April 18,2001 


SPORTS 


Page 27 




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With the ball right on the bat, Brian Hamm ’02 connects and hits a single into the outfield on Friday. 


Craig ’01 who demolished the 
competition in the 100 meters at 
11.26 and the 4x100 entry in the 
throwers bracket. 

Since it was a relay meet, 
Williams had what they termed 
“novelty relays” where field event 
competitors could put together 
teams and run a 4x100. Middle- 
bury’s victorious team was made 
up of Craig Parker ’04, Callow, 
Dave Molk ’04 and Jocelyn. The 
foursome insisted upon wearing 
speedsuits and apparently the ploy 
worked because the competition 
was nowhere in sight when they 
flew across the finish line in a 
49.40. 

There were also many powerful 
third-place performances by Mid- 
dlebury men. Daryn Cambridge 
’03 led the men’s hammer team 
with his third place huck of 37 
meters and 83 centimeters. Yuri 
Lawrence ’02 leapt to a third in the 
triple jump at 44’1.5”, as well as 
running lead-off for the number- 
three men’s 4x400 team of 
Lawrence, Joe Lewis ’02, Francisco 
Peschiera ’01 and Barron. Lewis 
also turned in a third-place run in 
the 800 meters. 

Indoors at the pole vault, in an¬ 
other men’s team personal best, 
Pete Webb ’04 grabbed third with 
his 12’ effort. 

This coming weekend the track 
and field team will host its last 
meet of the regular season before 
running headlong into the cham¬ 
pionship meets. The contest starts 
at 11 a.m. on the Dragone track, 
and spectators are always appreci¬ 
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(continued from page 31) 
play, but they also showed a seem- 
ingly-supernatural ability to pos¬ 
sess the ball and quarterback the 
offense. Crisp passing and quick 
dodging helped create opportuni¬ 
ties all day long. In the second 
quarter, the offense exploded for 
five goals to give the Panthers an 
eight goal halftime lead. 

Of course, the eight goal lead 
was greatly due by the number of 
goals Bowdoin produced in the first 
half; zero. While it is almost un¬ 
heard of for a team to be held 
scoreless in an entire half of college 
lacrosse, the Panther’s defense 
made it look easy. Despite having 
numerous extra-man opportuni¬ 
ties, the Polar Bears simply couldn’t 
convert against Middlebury’s 
daunting defensive presence. The 
Panthers received sensational play 
from all their defenseman. At long- 


stick middie, Brian-Logan Reid ’02 
and John West ’04 combined speed 
and uncanny takeaway capabilities 
to wreak havoc on Bowdoin’s top 
offensive middies. The close de¬ 
fense, led by Brian Nickel ’01, Nick 
Lesher ’02, and Sebastian Astrada 
’02, put together a nearly perfect 
team effort hitting all the slides on 
time and keeping their attackman 
out of scoring position. Goalie Eric 
Kreiger ’04 solidified the first half 
shutout by recording 5 saves. Only 
once did it look like the Polar Bears 
might tally in the first half, but sec¬ 
onds later the goal was called back 
due to a crease violation. Accord¬ 
ing to co-captain Holt Hopkins, the 
defensive effort was the highlight of 
Saturday’s match. “The team de¬ 
fense is really starting to come to¬ 
gether and it’s exciting to watch. 
They refused to give [Bowdoin] the 
opportunities it needed.” 


With 10:22 remaining in the 
third quarter, the Polar Bears final¬ 
ly slipped one past Kreiger. By 
then, it was too late to mount a 
comeback. Middlebury scored an¬ 
other four goals in the third quar¬ 
ter and the defense continued to 
deny Bowdoin on its extra-man 
opportunities. In the middle of the 
field, McGregor followed his sea¬ 
son-best performance against Tufts 
with another impressive feat by 
winning 9 of 12 face-offs in three 
quarters of play. At the quarter’s 
end, the Panthers had built a for¬ 
midable 12-2 lead. The fourth 
quarter was relatively quiet for both 
teams, and Middlebury emerged 
victorious with a 13-3 win. 

The Panthers could only be 
pleased with their performance. 
Defensively, they played a near¬ 


perfect game by shutting down a 
usually potent Polar Bear offense. 
Offensively, they dazzled the hun¬ 
dreds of fans and alumni that had 
come to see what a defending na¬ 
tional championship team looks 
like. But perhaps most important¬ 
ly, the Panthers proved they have 
the ability to continuously improve 
and learn from their mistakes. As 
Hopkins said, “We keep develop¬ 
ing. We keep fixing all the little 
nitches and problems, the missed 
passes or missed slides. It was a 
true team effort.” 

Now 6-0 in the NESCAC, the 
Panthers improved their overall 
record to 8-1. On Saturday, the 
team heads to Hartford, Conn., to 
face Trinity College. After that, the 
Panthers will have only two more 
games before post-season play be- 


(continued from page 30) 
celyn ’02. Black also individually 
won the javelin event with a 
throw of 180’ and Callow took 
third with his toss of 153’11”. 

Andy Boyer ’02 was able to 
stride to a second-place finish in 
the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.54. 
Tony Garofano ’04 was also able 
to take a second-place with his 
200-meter time of 22.54, a per¬ 
sonal best. Ben Pratt ’01 had a 
gutsy performance in the 400 
hurdles on a fractured shin, com¬ 
ing across the line in second place 
in 58.25. 

Rounding out the first place 
finishers for the men were Von 


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SPORTS 


April 18,2001 


Pranksters Return From Yale Cup as National Frisbee Force 


Tall Ships 



Ben Brouwer 

Sailing on Lake Arcadia in Amherst, Mass., members of the 
Middlebury sailing team took part in the Western Massachusetts 
Championship Regatta finishing third out of six teams on Saturday. 


(continued from page 31) 
pool play, matched up against the 
8th seeded Princeton Clockwork 
Orange. With Princeton having 
gone to nationals (the equivalent 
of a 16-team NCAA tournament) 
the previous year the Pranksters 
must have surprised Clockwork 
when they went up 7-2 with a rag¬ 
ing l-3-3zone defense that must 
have seemed unbreakable. The 
second half provided no respite for 
Princeton and the Pranksters 
rolled to a 13-6 victory. Raiden 
Tsuboi ’03.5 provided the game’s 
best play with a huge lay out and 
block that made more than a few 
jaws drop. And so it was on to the 
quarterfinals and a match-up 
against UMass, the seventh ranked 
team in the nation and the holders 
of a 26-2 record. 

The first half was nothing but 
UMass as they seemed to force the 
issue on defense and convert every 
resulting Middlebury miscue into 
a quick score. In less than 30 min¬ 
utes the halftime score was 7-2 and 
the Middlebury team was in need 
of a serious momentum swing. 
They got it. 

By altering their defensive strat¬ 
egy and playing a man-to-man de¬ 
fense that forced all throws to¬ 
wards the middle of the field 
(instead of one side or the other) 
the Pranksters confused the 
Umass offense. After battling back 
to 8-8 Middlebury soon found 



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themselves once again in a hole 
and looking at a UMASS lead of 
two at 10-8 with the game to 13. No 
matter, Midd continued their sec¬ 
ond half dominance and got 3 lay¬ 
out D’s, two from a pumped up 
Idone, one handblock and some 
enormous catches from varying 
primetime players. Pete Hennessey 
’03 managed to reeLin the winning 
score and begin the celebration of 
the 13-11 victory. Of particular 
note was the strong play of the ju¬ 
nior class. Josh Howe, Wayne Rapp, 
Drew Bennett, and Alden 
Woodrow were undeniable in their 
defensive pressure and offensive 
poise. After the game there was a 
general consensus among senior 
veterans Orin Moore, Dan Gra¬ 
ham, and Zak Pritchard, that this 
was the best comeback they had 
ever been a part of as a member of 
the Middlebury Ultimate team. 
Said team captain Pritchard after¬ 
wards, "That comeback was as 
beautiful as all but the very best 
poetry." 

Soreness would have to be for 
Monday (and, oh, was it ever!) as 
the squad came out fired up in the 
semifinals against an experienced 
Harvard squad. Keegan Uhl '01 
seemed to be one with the disc as 


he caught deep throw after deep 
throw to keep Middlebury within 
striking distance. Along with some 
of his other teammates Uhl was 
clearly in that "zone" that all ath¬ 
letes strive towards. 

Alas, up 11-10 in a game to 15 
the pranksters would not celebrate 
another score as Harvard rolled to 
victory 15-11. (Harvard went on to 
lose in the final to Cornell by the 
same score). The loss went down 
relatively easy, however, as the 
Pranksters remained positive and 
basked in the glory of their semi-fi¬ 
nals performance and the deep ca¬ 
maraderie that envelops a team 
that has both given its all and 
pushed itself further than they 
have ever gone before. Speedy 
sophomore Zack Macomber 
summed it up well in the team’s 
final huddle when he exclaimed 
"damn, it feels good to be a 
prankster!" 

In the weeks ahead the 
Pranksters hope to blaze a path to 
nationals as they compete in the 
western New England sectional 
tournament and then move on to 
the New England regional tourna¬ 
ment that sends the best 3 New 
England ultimate teams to Nation¬ 
als. 



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Cary Costello ’02 throws a low release forehand into the wind. 


Women’s Lacrosse on 
NESCAC Fast Track 


(continued from page 32) 
doin was also played at Medford 
due to poor weather conditions in 
Maine. With the team back in top 
form, the Polar Bears provided lit¬ 
tle resistance early as the Panthers 
shot out to a 10-4 lead at the 
break. 

The team displayed the high- 
intensity style lacking in the pre¬ 
vious day’s first half and were re¬ 
warded with a heap of goals. “The 
night before we all talked about 
coming out really hard and never 
letting down. I think we did that,” 
Wheeler said. 


O’Donohoe and Wheeler both 
finished with three tallies and two 
assists while last week’s NESCAC 
Player of the Week Char Glessner 
’03.5 added three goals in the vic¬ 
tory. The team also got solid of¬ 
fensive contributions from Kristin 
Hanley ’03 (two goals), Bergofsky 
(one goal, two assists) and Katie 
Simpson ’03 (one goal, one assist). 

The Panthers will next travel to 
the University of Vermont this 
Thursday for a non-NESCAC 
contest before hosting conference 
opponent Trinity this Saturday at 
2 p.m. 





































































April 18,2001 

Inside the 
Outside 

By Eric Skovsted 

Photo Editor 

The calendar said that trout sea¬ 
son began last Saturday and fisher¬ 
men across the state showed up at 
rivers in expectation. We, as anglers, 
fished because we could, even 
though the conditions were dubious 
with water levels higher than Mid¬ 
dlebury s comprehensive fee. 

We trusted the calendar a) be¬ 
cause fisherman by nature are a 
gullible lot—you have to be some 
what deluded to believe fish eat our 
raged knots of peacock feather and 
calf tail because they mistake them 
for flies, and b) because fishing in 
general requires the ability to over¬ 
look things, sometimes discourag¬ 
ing things like rodeo kayakers play¬ 
ing in the hole you had hoped to 
fish. We try not to notice that Otter 
Creek looks and sounds like the 
Colorado of the East. 

But stubborn ignorance and 
groundless optimism wont improve 
the fishing, which needless to say, 
was awful last Saturday. Fast, sedi¬ 
ment-rich water made wading a 
daring endeavor and snow-melt 
temperatures kept the fish sluggish. 
Bites were non-existent. In short, it 
was the classic Day One and deep 
down, even the most obtuse of an¬ 
glers had known what to expect. 

It has always been and will always 
be this way, yet anglers continue to 
turn ouf on opening day, and be¬ 
yond that, to have a great time. It’s 
one of the more significant miracles 
of sport really. Those who fish the 
first day of the season never just 
“salvage” the experience, but seem 
to genuinely enjoy it. 

In this respect, the opening day 
of trout season isn’t about catching 
fish. In fact, its about everything 
but catching fish. On opening day 
one can make many a cast into a 
raging mountain gully, knowing 
that nothing will happen, but think¬ 
ing just the same, that in July, the 
same stream will be one heck of a 
“brookie” Mecca. 

For me, opening day brought not 
only the promise of a great season 
but exposure to a side of angling l 
had never experienced. 1 was up in 
the Northeast Kingdom, near $t. 
Johnsbury, visiting a friend for East¬ 
er. Before the trip, I had wanted as¬ 
surance that a river would be close 
at hand—if for nothing more than a 
few symbolic casts—and, to my sur¬ 
prise, had been promised an open¬ 
ing day excursion. 

She took me to a beautiful stretch 
of the Connecticut River where a la¬ 
goon-sized eddy sprung from the 
main channel. It was the family 
hole. An innocent fire ring cluttered 
a rock outcrop, some remnant ice 
clung to the far shore, and a few 
weathered lawn chairs were stashed 
in the upper boughs of a fir. . . 
weathered lawn chairs? I looked 
over to see my friend ripping a night 
crawler in half, and realized I would 
not be using my fly rig that day. 

I hadn’t fished with bait since I 
was six. Over the course of three 
hours we used a worm and a half, 
ate a pack of hot dogs seared on the 
rocks of the fire ring, and fell asleep 
in sun. I cast four times. As far as 
I am concerned, opening day has 
never been better. 


SPORTS 


Page 29 


Softball Finds Offensive Groove in Home Opener 


By Andrew Zimmermann 

_ Sports Editor _ 

The Middlebury women’s soft- 
ball team was greeted unpleasant¬ 
ly by host Wesleyan this weekend 
in a pair of games that saw the 
Panthers overmatched. The two 

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losses marked the beginning of 
the team’s NESCAC schedule, 
which includes similar double- 
headers against Amherst, Hamil¬ 
ton and Williams in the next two 
weeks. The women also had their 
home opener yesterday and beat 
Green Mountain College 7-6. 


Easter weekend was not all it 
was cracked up to be for the soft- 
ball team. They were beaten by a 
hungry Wesleyan team who was 
outdoors on its own diamond. 
“We hadn’t played outdoors for 
two weeks,” said coach Diane 
Boettcher who knows all too well 
the hardships of trying to train 
her softball team after 
one of the most prolific 
winters in recent memo¬ 
ry. “[Wesleyan] came 
out hitting in the first 
and essentially never 
looked back ” 

The consistent work- - 

horse Andrea Russo ’03 could not 
overcome a three-run first inning 
for the Cardinals. As has been the 
trend for the women, the bats may 
have been better suited up on the 
rack, as they were shut out 8-0 in 
game one. Lindsay Wasserman of 
Wesleyan spun a five hit, no walk 


gem to earn her seventh win of the 
year.“Our hitting is the part of our 
game that needs improving,” said 
Boettcher. 

Game two was a hotly contest¬ 
ed match-up culminating in a 3-1 
nail-biting win for the host team. 
The Panthers came to play and 
stayed within striking distance 


it is certainly the case that defensively 
we are making the right plays. Our 
defense has really been a success of 
our season to this point. 

— Coach Diane Boettcher 


been a success of our season to 
this point,” Boettcher added. 

On Tuesday the offense was a 
success for Middlebury as they 
broke out for the first time of the 
year. They scored over three runs 
for the first time and went on to 
beat the visiting Green Mountain 
College team 7-6. “It was a real 
team effort today on of¬ 
fense,” Cannella said. The 
Panthers jumped out in 
the first inning with two 
runs, something they 
have not been able to do 


Women’s Tennis Served 
First Loss of Season 


By Shannon Egan & 
Meghan Dwyer 

Staff Writers 


This past weekend proved to be 
both challenging and rewarding 
for the women’s tennis team. The 
Panthers headed to Wellesley, 
Mass., for a Saturday showdown 
with Wellesley College and Wes¬ 
leyan University. In a strong 
showing against Wellesley, Mid¬ 
dlebury won 10 of their 11 match¬ 
es. 

Exceptional performances 
were seen all around as the 
women swept all of their singles 
matches. Starting with number- 
one singles, first-year Sandy 
Spring won her match in three 
sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Ariella Neville 
’03 dominated her opponent 6-2, 
6-1 in second singles, while Nina 
Popel ’04 continued the domi¬ 
nance winning 6-1, 6-2 at the 
third singles. The other singles 
matches were won by Linda 
Capewell ’03 6-3, 6-1, co-captain 
Amy Cluff ’03 (6-3, 6-3), Libby 
Meyers ’04 (6-2, 7-6), Kristin 
Baker ’04 (6-0, 6-0) and co-cap¬ 
tain Whitney MacDonald ’03 (6- 
1,6-2). 

The doubles teams insured vic¬ 
tory for the Panthers, taking three 
of the four matches. The first 
doubles team of spring and 
Neville easily won their pro-set by 
a score of 8-2. Capewell and Jena 
Siegel ’04 performed well at sec¬ 
ond doubles, also winning 8-2. 

Popel and MacDonald played a 
tough opponent, but held strong 
until the end, falling 6-8. Finally, 
Cluff and Baker shut out their op¬ 
ponents 8-0. All the winning ef¬ 
forts were of the dominant variety 
as the Panthers cruised to a well- 
earned victory. 

Later that day, in a difficult 
match against Wesleyan Universi¬ 
ty, the Panthers made a valiant ef¬ 
fort but came up short, losing the 
match 3-6. Spring accounted for 
the lone singles victory, winning 
her match 6-4, 6-1. Both she and 
Neville were also triumphant in 
their first-doubles match by a 
score of 9-7. Popel and MacDon¬ 
ald provided the other Panther 
victory in a very close match, 


conquering their competition by 
the same score. 

“It was a very long day, but 
everyone competed well,” said 
head coach Nate Simms,“We had 
two tough matches in a row, but 
after seven or eight straight hours 
of tennis everyone was still com¬ 
peting at top levels.” 

Coach Simms was pleased with 
the overall performance and atti¬ 
tude of his team and is optimistic 
about the upcoming NESCAC 
championships, which will be 
held this weekend at Amherst 
College. 


throughout the game. Russo again 
pitched, but did so this time with 
better results. She and Lauren 
Bowe ’04 held the Cardinals to 
three runs on just six hits in six in¬ 
nings. The Panther attack matched 
Wesleyan with six hits but in the 
end lacked the crucial hit to put 
them over the top. Captain 
Meghan Cannella ’02 came to the 
plate with the bases loaded and 
two out in the top of the seventh 
inning. The Middlebury leader 
battled but in the end was retired 
by Wasserman. 

After the loss Middlebury stood 
0-2 in NESCAC play and 1-7 over¬ 
all. Their win yesterday counts as 
a non-conference victory and bol¬ 
sters their overall record to 2-7. 
The Panthers indeed still have a 
chance to qualify for the inaugur¬ 
al NESCAC softball tournament, 
but the road ahead is a tough one. 
“At this point each player wants to 
come off the field feeling as 
though she has done her best. Cer¬ 
tainly that is the case with us as 
defensively we are making the 
right plays. Our defense has really 


in previous games. 
As the game 


pro¬ 


gressed, Russo concentrated and 
only allowed two hits after five in¬ 
nings. However in the bottom of 
the seventh the women found 
themselves down 6-5. They re¬ 
fused to go quietly though and ral¬ 
lied for two runs to win the game 
in dramatic fashion. 

First-year Amanda Tomkins, 
who as of Monday was the 
NESCAC’s leading batter with an 
average of .500, came through 
with the game-tying double which 
gave Kelly Slack ’03 the opportu¬ 
nity to play the hero. Slack per¬ 
formed the role with nerves of 
steel and shot a game winning RBI 
single into the outfield to give 
Middlebury the win in the home 
opener. 

“It was great to be home. Mon¬ 
day was our first day playing on 
our own field,” said Cannella. “It 
was a wonderful feeling to get a 
win on opening day.” For now the 
Panthers must take the win and 
roll with it as they have six games 
in the next four days against Saint 
Lawrence, Lyndon St. and division 
leading Amherst. 




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SPORTS 


April 18,2001 


History Bodes Well for Track Team as NESCAC Finish Nears 


By Elissa Burnell 

Staff Writer 

This past weekend the Middle- 
bury womens and men’s track 
teams headed to Williamstown, 
Mass, to compete in the annual 
Williams Relays. At this relay meet 
all the normal scoring formats are 
in effect. However, there is also an 
added category by which contes¬ 
tants are measured. In such a for¬ 
mat the top-three finishers have 
their times or distances added to¬ 
gether and then the lowest com¬ 
bined time or highest summed 
distance wins. 

This year the Middlebury teams 
did not fair as well h* .i.c relay por¬ 
tions of the meet as they have in 
the past, yet the individual results 
from both the women’s and men’s 
teams were stellar. Since it was a 
relay meet, it was not scored like 
most conventional meets. Never¬ 
theless, from its performances this 
past weekend Middlebury track 


team has shown it will be a big 
contender to take home the 
NESCAC championship in two 
weeks. 

The Williams Relays is always a 
big meet for the Middlebury 
women because it is generally the 
first time in the short spring regu¬ 
lar season that they face their arch¬ 
nemesis. In the past three years the 
Middlebury women have won the 
NESCAC title twice (’98 and ’00) 
and the Williams men have taken 
it once. 

Both of Middlebury’s wins were 
followed by second-place Williams 
finishes, and when Williams won 
two years ago it was Middlebury 
that took the second-place spot. 
Thus, the meet this past weekend 
held much significance for the 
tracksters, and the Middlebury 
women certainly proved their 
mettle by placing many top finish¬ 
ers. 

Starting with the distance 


events, Middlebury was able to as¬ 
sert its dominance as Middle¬ 
bury’s Kasie Wallace ’01, Michela 
Adrian ’03 and Molly Yazwinski 
’04 took placesl-2-3 in the 5,000 
meters. Wallace’s time of 17:57.54 
was quick enough to get her a pro¬ 
visional qualification to the NCAA 
Championship meet which will 
put her on an ever ex¬ 
panding list of Middle¬ 
bury athletes headed to 
Milliken University at the 
end of May. 

Then in the 3,000 me¬ 
ters it was two more Mid¬ 
dlebury women taking 
the top two places as Margery 
Glover ’04 won in a time of 
10:53.25 followed by Kristen Lyall 
’01. With a huge margin of victory 
it was Kate Irvin ’01 who struck 
next in the final women’s distance 
race taking the 800 meters in a 
time of 2:16.40. Adding to the 
number of first-place finishers on 


the track was Cindy Scott ’04 who 
ran away with the 100-hurdle vic¬ 
tory with her 16.27-second per¬ 
formance. 

The field portion of the 
women’s track and field team 
pounced next, taking first and 
third in the pole vault, which took 
place indoors due to gale force 


winds. Natalie Howley ’03 vaulted 
to a first place finish with a per¬ 
sonal best of 10’, and Sarah Smith 
’04 took third behind her. Back 
outside Elissa Burnell ’01 fought 
the crosswinds to take first in the 
javelin with a toss of 118’2”, fol¬ 
lowed in third by teammate An¬ 
drea Hersh ’02. 


On the runway perpendicular 
to the javelin throwers Kristy 
Laramee ’01 flew to a beautiful 
second-place leap in the long 
jump competition at 16’11”. Fi¬ 
nally, closing out the day for the 
Middlebury with another win was 
the women’s 4x400 team of Laura 
Ford ’01, Emily Kerner ’02, 
Maryanne Porter ’04 and 
Irvin, crossing the line in 
a time of 4:12.5. 

The Middlebury men 
also turned in an impres¬ 
sive day behind an espe¬ 
cially strong performance 
by co-captain Ethan Bar¬ 
ron ’01 who took first in the 200 
meters with a personal best 21.9 
and second in the 400 in another 
personal best 50.07. 

Other noteworthy perfor¬ 
mances came from the winning 
javelin relay team of Bryan Black 
’02, Dane Callow ’02 and Nick Jo- 
(see Track , page 27) 


The Williams Relays is always a big 
meet for the Middlebury women 
because it is generally the first time 
in the short spring regualer season 
that they face their arch-nemesis. 


Men’s Tennis Thrives in Nelson Arena 


By Bob Wainwright 

Sports Editor 

The men’s tennis team played 
well against the University of Ver¬ 
mont (UVM) last Wednesday, yet 
lost another tough match to a strong 

Men’s Tennis 


Friday, April 13 

Middlebury 


Bowdoin 

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Wednesday, April 11 


University of Vermont 

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NESCAC opponent in Bowdoin on 
Saturday. The UVM match took 
place indoors in Nelson Arena, 
which has become more endearing 
to the Panthers as the year has worn 
on. They no longer seem to notice 
the poor lighting or the enormous 


cracks between mats that once 
threatened to drive doubles special¬ 
ist Michael Walsh-Ellis ’03 legally 
insane. Nowadays, there seems to be 
a bond between Middlebury’s old 
hockey rink and the Panther tennis 
players. Each one of them treats the 
facility with a little more love and re¬ 
spect than in years past. 

That said, senior captain Matt 
Rymzo played his swan song match 
in Nelson Arena on Wednesday to 
the delight of fans and teammates 
alike. Rymzo’s beautiful serve and 
volley game was in top form as he 
did away with his opponent 6-3, 6- 
0. Not a trace of regret was on the 
captain’s face as he won match point 
with an ace. “I love this place. I love 
Nelson!” Rymzo yelled as he ran to 
the net. 

At one singles, Chris Jennings ’03 


won his third match of the season as 
the top seed, 7-5, 6-4. Rick Jam- 
gochian ’03 entered his singles 
match with the firm conviction that 
he had absolute control of his “A” 
game. Jamgochian won handily, 6-2, 
6-2. The lone loss for the Panthers 
came at the hands of number-two 
Matt Dougherty ’02, who lost only 
due to the fact that the third set was 
decided merely by a tie-break. Both 
Stu Brown ’04 and Bob Wainwright 
’03 were unable to complete their 
singles matches as the official score 
was Middlebury 4, UVM 1. 

On Friday, the tennis team trav¬ 
eled to Maine, where they lost to 
Bowdoin 6-1 the following after¬ 
noon. The match started off on a 
rough note as Middlebury failed to 
win the doubles point. At two dou¬ 
bles, the strong team of Steve Hulce 
’03 and Brown destroyed their op¬ 
ponents, 8-3. But when the teams of 
Jennings/Dan Stenson ’03 and 
Dougherty/Rymzo failed to pro¬ 
duce victories, the Panthers once 
again entered singles play against a 
tough team down 1 -0. 

In singles action, Middlebury 
was hurting before the matches 
began as Hulce has been severely 
troubled by elbow problems in his 
playing arm. Hulce lost at two sin¬ 
gles, having been pushed down a 
slot due to his injury. Meanwhile, 
number-five Brown dislocated his 
shoulder early in his match and was 
forced to default in the second set. 

The Panthers only win came 
from a tremendous effort by 
Dougherty, who won in three sets, 
6-3,1-6,6-4.“I was able to take [my 
opponent] out of his game,” said 
Dougherty. “By staying patient in 
the third set, I managed to win the 
crucial points.” 

After the match, Rymzo com¬ 
mented on the Panthers’ doubles 
woes. “It seems like we haven’t been 
showing up together in the doubles. 
We can’t seem to get everyone to 
play well at the same time.” 

The Panthers will have another 
chance against a league opponent 
this Saturday versus Amherst, be¬ 
fore NESCACs are held the follow¬ 
ing weekend at Williams. The team’s 
record is currently 6-5, something 
which they hope to improve on 
today with a win against Green 
Mountain Valley College at home. 



Eric Skovsted 


Stu Brown ’04 launches a serve against his opponent from the University of 
Vermont during the men’s tennis match last Wednesday. 

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Tyler Conrad '02 (Lunen¬ 
burg, Mass.) pitched a gem in 
game one of a three-game sweep 
of Hamilton by Middlebury. The 
lefthander tied a school record 
with i6 strikeouts in the game, 
while tossing a nine-inmng, 
one-hit shutout. 


Matt Dunn ’02 (Kent, Conn.) 
wins the award after scoring 
seven goals and adding three 
assists in a pair of Middlebury 
wins over NESCAC opponents 
last week. He scored three in a 
13-8 win over Tufts and four in 
a 13-3 win over Bowdoin. He is 
third on the team with 19 goals 


‘Grand Salami’ Key in 
Trouncing of Hamilton 

Middlebury 
NESCAC 
Players of 
the Week 


(continued from page 32) 
inning. With one out and a runner 
on first, the Hamilton batter hit 
what appeared to be a line drive 
base hit into left field. Yet, out of 
nowhere, shortstop Brian Hamm 
’03 made a leaping grab two feet in 
the air. “He’s a pretty acrobatic kid,” 
coach Bob Smith said of his short¬ 
stop. “The fact that he’s a soccer 
goalie and he’s used to flopping 
around like that allows him to do 
some pretty incredible things. It 
didn’t even surprise me.” Unable to 
score a run in that inning, Hamilton 
lost the game 8-3. 

In the second game of the double 
header, the hot Middlebury bats still 
did not cool down. Trailing 2-1 in 
the fourth inning, Middlebury plat¬ 
ed six runs. With momentum once 
again on their side, the Panthers did 
not look back, scoring at least a run 
in each of the final five innings. 

Once again, Smith led the offense 
with three hits including a double, 
triple, four RBI and two runs 
scored. The highlight of the game 
for Smith came, however, when he 
managed to steal home plate in the 
fourth inning. Senior catcher Matt 
Blake also provided two hits, with 
three RBI and two runs. Meanwhile, 
O’Neil got the win, throwing 6 and 
one-third innings, giving up only 
five runs. 

With his Panthers team now on 
a three-game win streak, coach 
Smith is pleased, but also relieved to 
see his team playing up to its full 
potential. “I think we played pretty 
well. It was definitely a step in the 
right direction. We played so poor¬ 
ly the week before, I thought we re¬ 
ally needed to step up and play. 
Hamilton is certainly not the best in 
our division, but it was necessary 
for us to play as consistently as we 
did.” 

The Panthers’ record is now 7-5, 
although they face Massachusetts 
College today at home and St. 
Michael’s College this Saturday. 
Middlebury still looks to be in good 
shape for making the NESCAC 
tournament, although strong show¬ 
ings agaiitst upcoming opponents 
Wesleyan and Amherst will be cru¬ 
cial. 
































April 18,2001 


SPORTS 


Page 31 


By Orin Moore 

Staff Writer 


This past weekend the Middle- 
bury men’s ultimate frisbee team 
traveled south to New Haven and 
Yale University to participate in the 
fifth annual Yale Cup. The tourna¬ 
ment consistently attracts the best 


ultimate teams from all of New 
England along with t teams from as 
far away as Texas and Utah. Indeed, 
in the world of East Coast ultimate, 
Yale Cup was the place to be on this 
glorious weekend past. 

The 25-team tournament began 
with pool play on Saturday. After 


fine-tuning their plays and defen¬ 
sive zone schemes in wins over 
Boston University and Swarthmore 
the Middlebury Pranksters 
matched up against the 13th 
ranked team in the nation and 
perennial nemesis Tufts University 
E-men. The Pranksters fell behind 


early after some poor offensive 
choices and some exacting offense 
by the E-men. Down 5-1 the 
Pranksters stayed patient and 
picked up the defensive intensity. 

Ultimate Frisbee 

Saturday, April 14 


Middlebury 


Brandeis 


Andrew Corrigan 

Vinnie Idone *01.5 gets airborne in an attempt to get the disc during one of the Ultimate Pranksters*games in Georgia. 

Bowdoin Win a ‘Dunn’ Deal for LAX 


By Nick Ferrer 

Staff Writer 


At the end of this season, the 
men’s lacrosse team will play in the 
first-ever NESCAC lacrosse tourna¬ 
ment. While the winners will ad¬ 
vance to the NCAA tournament, all 
other teams will be left contemplat¬ 
ing about what might have been. 
So far, things are looking good for 

Men's Lacrosse 

Wednesday, April 11 

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> * 


Saturday, April 14 


the Panthers. With wins over Tufts 
and Bowdoin last week, the team 
advanced to a perfect 6-0 in the 
NESCAC and asserted itself as the 
league’s most dominant force. 

On Wednesday, the Panthers 
traveled to Tufts University to face 
the up-and-coming Jumbos. 
Thanks to a boost from some 
young talent and excellent coach¬ 
ing, the Jumbos have emerged from 
the depths of the NESCAC to be¬ 
come one of several teams in the 
league competing for national 
recognition. Just four days before 
playing the Panthers, the Jumbos 
scored an impressive 8-4 victory 
over traditional NESCAC power, 
Williams. The Panthers, of course, 
were not to be confused with Ephs. 

Immediately, the Panthers took 
control of the game with six first- 
quarter goals. Aided by the domi¬ 
neering face-off presence of Brian 
McGregor ’03, who won a game 
high 14 of 18 face-offs, Middle- 
bury’s offense was able to set the 
game’s pace from the start. Holt 
Hopkins ’01 and Matt Dunn ’02 led 
the charge with three goals a piece, 
while Peter Albro ’02 and Jamie 


Haire ’01 each tallied twice. 

Despite a strong defensive per¬ 
formance and a valiant second half 
effort, the Jumbos couldn’t find 
their way back in the game. Mid- 
dlebury’s defense held the five-goal 
halftime lead at a stand-still, allow¬ 
ing the Panthers to cruise to a sat¬ 
isfying 13-8 victory. 

With the win behind them, the 
Panthers looked to Saturday’s 
homecoming matchup against 
Bowdoin. The Polar Bears, ranked 
19th in the nation, entered the 
game with a 4-1 NESCAC record 
and a winning tradition in league 
play. For many, this was to be the 
NESCAC match-up of the year: a 
homecoming game between peren¬ 
nial powerhouses and perhaps a 
preview of the post-season league 
championship. 

Apparently, hype didn’t phase 


the Panthers. Under blue skies and 
an April sun, the Panthers out¬ 
worked the Polar Bears. From the 
moment the whistle blew, the Pan¬ 
thers controlled the game. Dunn 
recorded the first goal of the game, 
and just minutes later he rifled an¬ 
other shot passed Bowdoin goalie 
P.J Prest to give the Panthers a 2-0 
lead. Dunn’s first two goals gave the 
Polar Bears a sneak peak at what 
was coming their way. He would go 
on to score two more goals and as¬ 
sist three others, putting together a 
performance worthy of his 
“NESCAC Player of the Week” title. 

By no means was Dunn the only 
cause of the Polar Bear’s headache. 
The Panthers’ attack showed, yet 
again, why Middlebury is a cham¬ 
pionship caliber team. Not only did 
they put on a fabulous scoring dis- 
(see Mens , page 27) 


Saturday, April 14 


Middlebury 




The result was a comeback and a 
late game deficit of only one as the 
score stood at 10-9. In the end, 
however, Tufts benefited from the 
experience of its West Coast games 
earlier in the year and the 
Pranksters still somewhat rough 
outdoor ultimate game (the 
Pranksters are currently laden with 
the distinctive disadvantage of not 
being able to practice outside!). As 
if the 13-9 defeat was not enough, 
the Pranksters were dealt another 
blow as captain and prime time 
contributor Ray Coffey ’01.5 went 
down with a knee injury. 

Suffering from an emotional let 
down the Pranksters fell behind to 
an underdog Brandeis team in the 
final game and found themselves 
down 10-8 in a game to 13. Picking 
up the defensive intensity and fo¬ 
cusing their throws on offense the 
Pranksters rolled off 5 straight 
points on a game and hustling 
Brandies squad. Concerning the 
near upset, Alden Woodrow ’02.5 
summed up the team’s feelings 
when he explained that, "We need 
to get better at trouncing teams like 
that and get worse at thinking that 
we are winning when we are not." 

On Saturday night the team en¬ 
joyed a generous dinner provided 
by Vinny Idone’s, 01.5, grandmoth¬ 
er. The sunburned faces and hun¬ 
gry stomachs were greeted with 
warm Italian hospitality as the 
Pranksters "talked disc" and many 
other things as they mingled and 
enjoyed the company of the talent¬ 
ed and beautiful Middlebury 
Women’s Ultimate team. 

The tournament was paired 
down to a 16-team single elimina¬ 
tion tournament for Sunday. The 
Pranksters, as the ninth seed after 
(see Pranksters, page 28) 


Frisbee Twarts D-I Schools, Gamers National Ranking Charles 

in Charge 

By Charles Gillig 

Assistant Sports Editor 

All you hear about during the | 
NBA and NHL regular seasons is i 
what poor shape the leagues are in. 
Complaints that the NBA is all! 
one-on-one, too boring and full of 
thugs or that the NHL has a bunch 
of no-names, has too many ex- 
pansion teams and is in financial I 
disarray are commonplace for 
sports fans. Yet, somehow, this year 
looks to have some of the most ex¬ 
citing NBA and NHL play-off ac- j 
i tion in a while. 

As a big Lakers fan and long-1 
! time season ticket holder, I’m not 
looking forward to an absurdly 
tough Western Conference brack- 
i et. But whether the Lakers get 
| through or not, I’m keyed up for 
some fantastic series in every 
round. Save Minnesota and 
Phoenix, every team left in the 
West is a powerhouse. There are 
also really likable, fan-favorite 
teams playing great ball such as 
Sacramento and Dallas, as well as 
Milwaukee in the East. 

These are flat-out fun teams to 
watch with some big time players 
that will make for some big time 
games. Look for a rejuvenated L. A. 
team to once again do some major 
damage, taking care of Portland 
early and then battling the Kings 
to a seventh game victory. 

Unfortunately, Tim Duncan is 
too good for the NBA and he will 
dominate Horace Grant and 
whomever else L.A. throws at him 
on the Spurs way to the finals. 
Coming out of the East will be the 
Philadelphia Iversons, but not be¬ 
fore an upstart Bucks team pushes 
them to the limit (unless someone 
can fill the middle for Milwaukee, 
anyone have Jack Sikmas phone 
number?). Philly-S.A. probably 
won’t be one for the ages, but if the 
Sixers can push it to seven, the fi¬ 
nals might live up to the brilliant 
early rounds. 

As for the NHL, the West once 
again delivers some incredible 
match-ups. I don’t care if I’ve 
never heard of half the players on 
the ice, it’s still play-off hockey and 
nail-biting down to the last whis¬ 
tle. The play-offs also eliminate the 
; ridiculous expansion teams such 
as Columbus and Nashville that 
get in the way during the regular 
season. You just get the essentials 
good teams, crazy arenas, hard hits 
and OT thrillers. 

> In the first round, the Stars-Oil- 
ers have had three OT games out 
of four and the Blues-Sharks is a 
back and forth series. As for the 
second round, whoa baby! You po¬ 
tentially have the four best teams 
in the league in Colorado, Detroit, 
Dallas and St. Louis going at it. I’ll 
tell you what, it’s going to be a lot 
more exciting than this column’s 
been. 

That Blues-Avs series would be 
my favorite as it would feature four 
of the best defensemen in the 
league, if not ever. The pairings of 
Mclnnis-Pronger and Bourque- 
Blake send shivers down the spine. 
As for the East, Jersey is playing 
awesome and should cruise, set¬ 
ting up another solid Stanley Cup 
final. 


Andrew Corrigan 

Pete Albro *02 charges past a Bowdoin defender during Middlebury*s 13-3 win over the Polar Bears. 











































Men's Sports 

Baseball vs. Massachusetts College 

April 18 1 

Golf @ Williams 

April 21 1 

Lacrosse @ Trinity 

April 21 | 

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April 18,2001 



Women's Sports 

Lacrosse @ Vermont 

April 19 

Softball vs. Amherst 

April 21 

Tennis @ NESCAC Championship 

April 20-22 



Page 32 


Conrad Tosses One-Hit Gem, Panthers Toss Hamilton Aside 


By Bob Wainwright 

Sports Editor 

Forbes Field officially opened this 
past weekend for Middlebury base- 
balls first three home games against 
Hamilton. Both Friday and Saturday 

Baseball 


Saturday, April 14 Game 2 



turned out to be beautiful, yet huge 
piles of snow beyond the foul lines 
on both sides of the field were a con¬ 
stant reminder of how dismal the 
field had looked only a week before. 

And if one were to make an anal¬ 
ogy using the snow, it would most 
certainly have to be: snow was to 
Forbes Field as Middlebury baseball 
was to Hamilton on Friday. Put 
more clearly, Hamilton was buried. 
Although the final score in the first 
game of the series was 17-0, the 
story of the day was lefty pitcher 
Tyler Conrad ’02. 

Conrad threw a complete game, 
one-hit shutout, while tying a school 
record with 16 strikeouts/Tve never 
seen a pitcher pitch as dominant a 
game as Tyler did,” co-captain 
Devon O’Neil ’01 said. “I actually 
kind of felt sorry for the other team’s 
hitters.” For his efforts, Conrad was 
named NESCAC player of the week. 

Yet, a pitcher is only as good as 
his offense allows him to be, and in 
that respect, Conrad was in pretty 
good shape too. The game was rela¬ 


tively close through six innings with 
Middlebury leading 4-0, but in the 
last two innings, the Panthers ex¬ 
ploded for five and eight runs, re¬ 
spectively. 

Leading the charge was Jason 
Hanna ’03, who went three for four 
on the day with four RBI and senior 
Chris Kestner, who supplied three 
hits of his own along with three runs 
scored and three RBI. O’Neil and 
John Prescott ’03 each had an extra¬ 
base hit in the win. 

On Saturday at noon, the Pan¬ 
thers began game one of their dou¬ 
ble header. The score was close 
throughout the first five innings, 
with Middlebury actually entering 
the bottom of the fifth inning down 
2-1. However, in the bottom of the 
sixth inning with a 4-3 lead, the Pan¬ 
thers managed to load the bases, set¬ 
ting up Denny Smith for a great mo¬ 
ment in Middlebury baseball. 

Smith went after the first pitch he 
saw, driving it deep in left field. 
There was little more than a mo¬ 
ment of hesitation before it became 
clear that the ball had plenty of juice 
to clear the wall, and at that point the 
Middlebury fans went wild. It was 
Smith’s first homer of the season 
and the first grand slam the Pan¬ 
thers have had in over four years. 
Said Smith of his gargantuan swat, 
“With a runner on third, I was look¬ 
ing for a pitch I could drive in the 
outfield. The wind was blowing out, 
and I got enough of it to get it out of 
the yard.” 

Even after Smith’s blast, Middle¬ 
bury still had a little something to 
offer fans in the top of the seventh 
(see Grand, page 30) 



Andrew Corrigan 


Jim Muhlfeld ’04 hurls a pitch to the plate during the Panthers 14-7 victory over Hamilton on Saturday. 

Women’s Lacrosse Chilis Polar Bears 


By Charles Gillig 

_ Assistant Sports Editor _ 

The Red Sox weren’t the only 
team dominating in Boston last 
weekend, as the Middlebury 
women’s lacrosse team won two 
big NESCAC games at Tufts Uni¬ 
versity. Victories over Tufts 12-5 
on Friday and Bowdoin 14-7 on 
Saturday improved the team’s per¬ 
fect record to 7-0 and solidified its 
spot at the top of the national 
rankings. 

In the Friday afternoon contest 


with Tufts, the Panthers might 
have overlooked the Jumbos (1-4 
in NESCAC play) early on. A let¬ 
down would be understandable 
after a huge 18-11 victory over 
rival Amherst two weeks ago, and 
the Panthers showed signs of one 
in the first half. Tufts held early 1- 
0 and 2-1 leads as the normally 
high scoring Panthers couldn’t 
find the net. Co-captain Betsy 
Wheeler ’01 provided a variety of 
reasons for the sluggish start, “It 
might have been a case of bus- 


legs. It was also tough playing on 
grass after we’ve practiced and 
played on turf almost all season.” 
Julia Bergofsky ’02 added a late 

Women's Lacrosse 


Saturday, April 14 


Bowdoin 

Middlebury 


Friday, April 13 


Tufts 

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DeLorenzo Named as New Field Hockey Coach 

Foote Successor to Start New Era of Middlebury Field Flockey 


’90, where she was an Ali-American field hock¬ 
ey and lacrosse player, as well as a swimmer. 
After graduating, she attended Indiana State 
University, where in 1992 she earned a master’s 
degree ui athletic administration. She then 
worked at Oberlm College in Ohio for three 


WM/■■' | \ * 

the summers and is currently involved with the 

United States Field Hockey Association 
(USFHA) Futures Program. 

In the same website article mentioned earli¬ 
er, DeLorenzo explains that she was excited to 
accept her new job.“What I see here is a lifetime 


By Bob Wainwright 

Sports Editor 

Earlier this week, it was released that 
Katharine DeLorenzo, the current field hockey 
coach for Skidmore College, will become the 
fourth head coach in the 33-year history of the 
Middlebury field hockey program next fall. 

DeLorenzo is now finishing her sixth year at 
Skidmore, where she has served as the assistant 
athletic director and assistant women’s lacrosse 
coach as well. 

DeLorenzo replaces Missy Foote, a 21- 
year veteran of the field hockey program, 
who announced her retirement early this 
winter. Foote will continue as the head coach 
of the women’s lacrosse team. DeLorenzo 
will also work as an assistant to Foote in the 
spring. 

hi an article published by the Middlebury 
College athletic website, Director of Athlet¬ 
ics Russ Reilly was quoted as stating, 

“Katharine brings to us a tremendous 
amount of experience and success in the “ CDuiesy Photo passionate about. 1 recognize 

sports of both field hockey and. lacrosse. She Katharine DeLorenzo will replace Missy Foote as head field hockey coach, and appreciate the visible sup- 


years, where she served as head field hockey and opportunity,” she said. “I am very impressed 
lacrosse coach, as well as assistant athletic di- with t he way Middlebury shows that athletics is 
rector. a true extension of a student’s experience here 

She began at Skidmore in 1995, and has since at the College. I’m also very fortunate to now 
taken two of her field hockey teams to the have the opportunity to concentrate primarily 

on one sport and its season. 1 
have always been a two-sport 
coach and it will be nice to be 
able to focus most of my energy 
and abilities on one group of 
student athletes.” 

She went on to state, “The 
staff here at Middlebury and the 
NESCAC truly believe in the 
scholar-athlete, which is the 
philosophy that 1 lived and am 


‘7 recognize and appreciate 
the visible support shown for 
athletics at Middlebury and 
see it as such a positive thing 
for the entire Middlebury 
community,” 



also has a tremendous background in ad¬ 
ministration from Skidmore and brings a new 
energy level to our department” 

Foote herself was extremely pleased with De- 
Lorenzos appointment, having been a friend of 
hers for years through both Skidmore and 
Oberlm College, where DeLorenzo had worked 
previously “I’m very excited about Katharine 
DeLorenzo and her ability to relate to players 
and her knowledge of field hockey I’ve known 
her tor years, and I think she will be great for the 
program” 

DeLorenzo is a graduate of Goucher College 


port shown for athletics at Mid- 
NCAA Tournament, while being named Up- dlebury and see it as such a positive thing for 
state Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA) the entire Middlebury community” 


coach of the year in both of those seasons. Over 
a span of six years, DeLorenzo has earned a 
record of 69-37 in field hockey and set the 
school record in wins in 1999 with 18, the year 
her team won the UCAA Championship. 

DeLorenzo is a member of several field 
hockey national committees, including the In¬ 
tercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Asso¬ 
ciation (IWLCA) National Rules Committee. 
She has also directed field hockey camps over 


DeLorenzo, who is now 32, will move to the 
Middlebury area this summer with her hus¬ 
band Gene and their two sons. The field hock¬ 
ey team, now three years removed from their 
1998 national championship, will undoubtedly 
be thrilled to welcome this strong addition to 
the Middlebury coaching staff. 

Information in this article was taken from 
the Middlebury athletic website, wwwmiddle- 
bury.edu/~sports. 


first-half goal before the teams 
went into the locker room tied 3- 
3. At half-time coach Missy Foote 
tried to put the team back on 
track. “She told us we needed to 
pick up the intensity and remem¬ 
ber the basics,” first-year attacker 
Nuala O’Donohoe said. Foote also 
told the team to start shooting the 
ball high after the Jumbos goalie 
was consistently making saves on 
the low-shot. 

Middlebury took this advice 
and came out strong in the second 
half, netting the first two goals. But 
the Jumbos weren’t done as they 
quickly knotted the game up at 
five with 16:24 to play. Wheeler, 
who leads the teams with 32 goals 
in seven games, then led a five-goal 
assault over the next 3:24 that put 
the game away. Wheeler scored 
three of her game high five goals in 
that span as the Panther offense 
kicked into high gear with a bar¬ 
rage of high shots. “We had much 
better up-field passing and our 
fast-break started to click which 
led to some consecutive goals,” 
O’Donohoe said. 

Tufts lacked any comeback as 
first-year starting net-minder 
Sarah Grenert remained flawless 
in the final 16 minutes and the de¬ 
fensive unit led by senior co-cap¬ 
tains Kate Robertson and Lissie 
Fishman was solid. Grenert made 
eight saves in the contest and cur¬ 
rently leads the NESCAC with a 
5.14 goals against average. 

Saturday’s match-up with Bow- 
(see Women's, page 28)